Seven teams gear up for League of Champions volleyball meet

NCR leg champion National University and Central/Eastern Visayas eliminations topnotcher University of San Carlos banner the seven-team field battling for top honors in the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League Season 12 League of Champions set Jan. 7 to 11 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The NU Lady Bullpups edged the University of Santo Tomas in four in a thrilling finale to rule the NCR leg and clinch the seventh and last berth in the League of Champions.

The other finalists are Southern Luzon champion La Salle, Northern and Central Luzon winner Holy Family Academy, Southern Mindanao titlist Tagum City National High School, Western Visayas winner St. John’s Institute, and Northern Mindanao leg champion Iligan City National High School.

Biñan City, which will host Season 13 of the GVL, will also field in a team in the LOC, hoping to make an impact against the established teams in the league.

Focus will be on NU with Faith Nisperos, Rica Diolan, Kristine Magallanes and Jasmin Nabor leading the team after a dominant campaign in the NCR leg where it swept the eliminations and Kings’ Montessori School in the semis before subduing UST in the finals.

UST ousted last year’s champion Hope Christian High School in the semis but fell short of its bid in the championship of the event backed by Mikasa, Asics, Volley Prep, Nature’s Spring, Sun Star, The Freeman Newspaper, Cebu Daily News, Sun Cellular and Millenia Suites.

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