La Salle and FEU face off in January 30 opener for UAAP Women's Volleyball Season 78
Hopes are high that Ara Galang will be able to join La Salle when the Lady Spikers open UAAP Season 78 on January 30 in a game against the FEU Lady Tamaraws. Jerome Ascano

THE return of injured La Salle star Ara Galang, and Ateneo starting its three-peat bid against Jaja-Santiago-led National University highlight the first playing dates of the UAAP women's volleyball Season 78, after the full tentative schedule was released on Wednesday.

The new season kicks off on January 30, while the highly anticipated Finals rematch of back-to-back champions Ateneo and its arch-rival La Salle is set on February 28.

Although the venue for the opener isn’t final yet, the green-and-white spikers will face off against Far Eastern University in the main game of the season opener at 4 p.m., while Adamson will face University of the East at 2 p.m.

Ateneo, led by two-time MVP and Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez, meets NU in the 4 p.m. match on January 31, after the game between University of Santo Tomas against the University of the Philippines.

Here's the full tentative schedule of the first round:

January 30

2:00 pm ADU vs. UE

4:00 pm DLSU vs. FEU


January 31

2:00 pm UST vs. UP

4:00 pm Ateneo vs. NU


February 3

2:00 pm NU vs. UP

4:00 pm Ateneo vs. FEU


February 6

2:00 pm FEU vs. UE

4:00 UP vs. NU


February 7

2:00 pm DLSU vs. ADU

4:00 pm Ateneo vs. UST


February 10

2:00 pm UST vs. UE

4:00 pm ADU vs. UP


February 13 

2:00 pm DLSU vs. UP

4:00 pm Ateneo vs. ADU


February 14 

2:00 pm NU vs. UE

4:00 pm FEU vs. UST


February 17

2:00 pm DLSU vs. UE

4:00 pm FEU vs. UP


February 20 

2:00 pm Adamson vs. UP

4:00 pm NU vs. ADU


February 21 

2:00 pm Ateneo vs. UE

4:00 pm DLSU vs UST


February 24 

2:00 pm NU vs. UST

4:00 pm FEU vs. ADU


February 27

2:00 pm UP vs. UE

4:00 pm NU vs. FEU


February 28

2:00 pm UST vs. ADU

4:00 pm Ateneo vs. DLSU

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