DEFENDING champion Ateneo seeks to pick up from where it left off in the eliminations as it battles Arellano at the start of the Shakey’s V-League 10th Season First Conference quarterfinals on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles capped their elimination-round campaign in Group A by going 4-0 for an outright berth in the next round.
But they will be going to their 4 p.m. encounter with the 2-2 Lady Chiefs coming off a long break, the reigning champions having been inactive since April 21 following a three-set win over La Salle-Dasmarinas.
Alyssa Valdez is again expected to lead the Katipunan-based team's bid for a Final Four seat, while adding firepower are guest player Rachel Anne Daquis and veteran Fille Cainglet.
Arellano, on the other hand, will lean on guest players Mary Jean Balse and Nene Baustista.
Former champion Adamson and San Sebastian clash in the first game at 2 p.m.
Behind the Big Three of Pau Soriano, Bhebs Pineda, and Mayeth Zapanta, along with guest player Angela Benting, the Lady Falcons finished their campaign in Group B with a 3-1 record, just a notch below National University (4-0).
The Lady Stags, meanwhile, ended up with a 1-3 record capped by a straight-sets loss to La Salle-Dasma at the end of the eliminations.