UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas opens its bid for a second straight women’s championship with two opening day matches in the UAAP Season 78 beach volleyball tournament on Friday at the Sands SM By The Bay inside the Mall of Asia complex.
Bannered by reigning MVP Cherry Rondina and Rica Rivera, the Tigresses play Adamson University in the first match of the morning session at 8 a.m. and will return to face National University at 12 p.m.
Impressive on both ends of the sand court, UST defeated La Salle in three games last season to annex its third championship overall. The Tigresses joined the Lady Falcons as the league's winningest women's beach volleyball program.
Cyd Demecillo and Kim Fajardo will return to help the Lady Spikers grab the elusive beach volley crown.
UST and La Salle are also expecting to face stiff challenge from Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez and Bea Tan.
The DLSU Lady Spikers take on Far Eastern University at 8:30 a.m., the Lady Bulldogs battle University of the East at 9 a.m., and the Lady Eagles tackle University of the Philippines at 10 a.m.
La Salle and the Lady Maroons collide at 12:30 p.m.
NU, meanwhile, eyes its fourth straight title in the men’s division and starts its bid against Adamson at 10 a.m. and Ateneo at 1 p.m.
Josephenry Tipay and Edwin Tolentino have graduated from college and, the Bulldogs will bank on Madzlan Gampong and Bryan Bagunas to continue the winning tradition.
Other morning men’s matches scheduled are UST-FEU at 10:30 a.m., Ateneo-UP at 11 a.m. and UE-La Salle at 11:30 a.m. The Growling Tigers and the Red Warriors return in the final match of the day at 1:30 p.m.