HOPE Christian High School banners a 10-team field clashing for top honors in the Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League Season 12 National Capital Region leg which unfolds this weekend at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
University of Santo Tomas and National University are also among the favorites for NCR title and a berth in the Shakey’s Volleyball League of Champions, formerly the Tournament of Champions, set early next year.
Also vying for honors are De La Salle-Zobel, Kings’ Montessori School, Academy of God’s Children, Grace Christian College, Angelicum College, Rizal High School and Escuela De Sophia.
Games will be played in the next three weekends.
The NCR leg serves as the sixth stage of the nationwide eliminations where the top teams advance to the League of Champions to be spiced up by the participation of foreign teams from Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh and the US.
The League of Champions will be held Jan. 11 to 16 at the Ynares Sports Center.
The early finalists are Iligan City National High School, St. John’s Institute, Tagum City National High School, University of San Carlos and Holy Family Academy.
Among the current top players who also saw action in the GVL in high school were Alyssa Valdez, Abby Maraño, Ara Galang, Mika Reyes and Kim Fajardo, sisters Dindin and Jaja Santiago, Jessey de Leon, Ennajie Laure, Mayet Zapanta, Amanda Villanueva and Bernadette Pons. The tournament is sponsored by Shakey’s, organized by Metro Sports and backed by Mikasa, Asics, Volley Prep, Nature’s Spring, Sun Star, The Freeman Newspaper, Cebu Daily News, Sun Cellular and Millenia Suites.