SAN SEBASTIAN College shoots for the early Group A lead as it plays defending champion National University today in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference at the Philsports Arena.
The Lady Stags and the Lady Bulldogs take on the floor at 6 p.m. in the second game of another doubleheader in this week-old tournament.
University of Santo Tomas also makes its debut as it tackles newcomer San Beda College in Group B play at 4 p.m.
Behind Open Conference MVP Gretchel Soltones and libero Alyssa Eroa, San Sebastian pounced on a tired University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 27-25, 25-22, 25-22, in last Saturday’s opener.
The Lady Stags played together for the first time since their NCAA Finals defeat last January, but it did not matter as Soltones and Eroa played their usual game for the win.
All eyes will be on NU, as it won’t have any guest player, just like San Sebastian, for its title-retention bid.
On a rebuilding mode after a tumultuous UAAP season, the Lady Bulldogs will be bannered by 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago, national U-19 standout Jasmine Nabor, Risa Sato, Jorelle Singh and Gayle Valdez.
Despite losing several players led by Myla Pablo, NU had a respectable showing in the Open Conference and fell a game short in making it to the Final Four.
A six-time champion but had struggled in the past few years, the Tigresses will begin their campaign with fan favorite Cherry Rondina doubtful starter due to an ankle injury she sustained in another league over the weekend.
With Rondina likely to sit it out, UST will turn to EJ Laure and her younger sister Eya, who will make her much-awaited V-League debut.
The Lady Red Spikers will have their first superstar Janine Marciano on the fold after missing last Saturday’s opener due to a prior commitment.
San Beda debuted with a 20-25, 17-25, 20-25 defeat to University of the Philippines last Sunday, with Cesca Racraquin making her presence felt with 16 points.
Another loss will put the Lady Red Spikers on the brink of elimination.
In the Spikers’ Turf, titleholder Ateneo takes on San Beda at 12 noon right after Perpetual Help and Philippine Marine Merchant School clash at 10 a.m.