UAAP champion Ateneo resumes its quarterfinal drive as it tangles with St. Benilde today in a top Group A match even as Davao finally makes it Shakey’s V-League debut against Far Eastern U in Group B at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Lady Eagles are slightly favored over the Lady Blazers in their 4 p.m. encounter despite coming off a long break, their last win, a 3-0 rout of the ousted Southwester U Lady Cobras, coming last April 6.
The Taft-based St. Benilde side is also coming off a long layout but the Lady Blazers are raring to rebound from a 0-3 loss to quarterfinalist the Arellano Lady Chiefs last April 3 and resume their own quarters bid in the First Conference of the league’s Season 11.
Top hitters Alyssa Valdez and Amy Ahomiro are expected to spearhead Ateneo’s bid to nail its third win in four games and join Arellano and Adamson in the next round along with Group B qualifier National University, which swept its first four games in emphatic fashions.
With a 1-1 card, St. Benilde is also out to shore up its quarters bid with Therese Veronas, Jeanette Panaga and Maureen Loren tipped to lead the team’s charge and somehow exact some revenge from the very team that humbled their fancied sister school La Salle in the last UAAP women’s volley finals.
Focus will also be on the 2 p.m. encounter between Davao and FEU with the Agilas kicking off a busy five-game straight schedule in the season-opening tournament of the league sponsored by Shakey’s and backed by Mikasa, Accel and Lion Tiger Mosquito Coil.
Bannered by guest player Venus Flores and backstopped by Princess Oliveros, Reynelen Raterta, Mae Antipuesto and Cherry Ann Balse, the Agilas’ endurance will also be tested as they are set to play five straight games, including against Perpetual Help on Tuesday, versus the Lady Bulldogs on April 23, against the UST Tigresses on April 27 before winding up the single round elimination versus San Sebastian on April 29.
The Davao-FEU match, meanwhile, will be aired on GMA News TV Channel tomorrow (Monday) starting at 1 p.m. while the Ateneo-St. Benilde clash will be shown on Tuesday, according to the organizing Sports Vision.