LESS than a week after Collegiate Conference, the Shakey’s V-League opens its Reinforced Conference on Saturday.
PLDT Home Ultera looks to make it two titles in a row, while Army is also among the favorites in the in the six-team field in the weekend-only tournament.
Navy, Coast Guard and UP Diliman are also seeing action, while the sixth team will be composed of players from Cagayan Valley, Meralco and other squads.
With a stellar cast headed by Rachel Ann Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aby Maraño, MJ Balse, Nerissa Bautista and setter Tina Salak, Army has been tagged as preseason favorite.
Army, which has won two Open titles, got swept by Cagayan Valley in last year’s reinforced conference championship and lost to PLDT Home Ultera in sudden death in this year’s Open Conference finals.
National University on Sunday completed a comeback from a match down against Ateneo in the Collegiate Conference finals.
With a short format, action is expected to be fierce with the top four teams after the single round elims advancing to the semifinals. The top two teams after the prelims will gain twice-to-beat edges in the crossover semis.
“This is going to be a fitting ending to what has been another banner year for the Shakey’s V-League. While Army boasts of a formidable roster, the other five squads also pack solid lineups, guaranteeing a spirited chase for the championship,” said Sports Vision president Ricky Palou.
Winners will dispute the championship in a best-of-three series with the losers clashing for third place in a separate best-of-three in the tournament organized by Sports Vision, presented by PLDT Home Ultera and sponsored by Shakey’s backed by Mikasa and Accel.