BUOYED by the tremendous success of its basketball competitions last year, the Laguna Colleges Universities Athletic Association (LACUAA) looks for a fitting follow-up with the staging of its volleyball tournament starting today (Jan. 13) at the San Sebastian College-Recoletos covered courts in Canlubang, Laguna.
Four games -- three in the girls division and one in the boys category -- will usher in the weekend-only competitions to be participated in by top universities and colleges in Laguna.
Opening-day action on Jan. 13 will pit Colegio San Agustin against
University of Perpetual Help-Biñan at 8 a.m., followed by San Sebastian-Canlubang against PMS at 9:45 a.m. and CSA against Zion Academy at 11:30 a.m.
The lone boys division match will see Perpetual Help-Binan take on CSA at 1:15 p.m.
The following day (Jan. 14), it will be SSC-R against Perpetual- Biñan at 8 a.m., GFIS against CSA at 9:45 a.m. and PMS against CSA at 11:30 a.m.
Perpetual Help-Calamba and Asia Tech College-Sta. Rosa square off in the lone women’s division action at 1:15 p.m.
LACUAA president Leonardo “Ding” Andres and tournament director Eric Dimzon are expected to grace the opening ceremony.
Meanwhile, USA Volleyball president Doug Beal lauded the LACUAA and its member-teams for the coming LACUAA volleyball competition.
“I want to congratulate and offer my best wishes to all the participants in the LACUAA volleyball event. I sincerely hope the event will bring out the best performance in each and every member of every team,” said Beal, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and an inductee to the Volleyball Hall of Fame.
Added Beal: “The sport we all love is growing quickly all over the world (surely in the Philippines), and much of that growth is stimulated by the teams representing young players at the high school and college/university programs.”
“Volleyball has so many wonderful benefits that make it a true lifetime sport; it promotes cooperation, teamwork, effective communication, power and team coordination. It has been a great part of my life and brought me so many experiences all over the world; providing some of the most enduring friendships and lasting learning opportunities. I have enjoyed great successes and many disappointing losses -- that’s part of any competitive environment.”