NATIONAL University takes on University of the East as the UAAP Season 79 women's volleyball tournament opens on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Jaja Santiago-led Lady Bulldogs, who fell just short of the semifinals last season, are confident they can make it this time.
Coach Roger Gorayeb is pleased to have a light opening assignment with the Lady Bulldogs yet to hit top form.
"May mga adjustments pa kami pero ang target talaga namin finals mabuti na lang na 'di gaanong mabigat ang unang kalaban namin kaya makakapag-adjust pa kami para sa mga susunod na games," said the veteran mentor.
NU and UE clash at 2 p.m.
Santiago’s support crew include middle blocker Risa Sato, spikers Roma Doromal and Aiko Urdas and setter Jasmine Nabor.
The Lady Warriors, bottom of the eight-team tournament last season, has an intact core led by team captain Shaya Adorador, Kath Arado, Judith Abil and Roselle Baliton, who all suited up in different club teams during the off season.