The duo of veteran Kat Tolentino and rookie Faith Nisperos gets an acid test on Wednesday as defending champion Ateneo de Manila University battles University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.
Action begins at 3:30 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream.
Expectations are high for the Lady Eagles with the return of Tolentino for her swan song and the arrival of top high school recruit Nisperos. Both players are known for their well-rounded game most especially on their offense.
Adding firepower for Ateneo is the comeback of another aggressive attacker in Jho Maraguinot while returning setter Jamie Lavitoria adds experience for the Lady Eagles, who will miss the services of playmaker injured Deanna Wong this season.
Also backing the stacked Ateneo squad are other holdovers Jules Samonte, Ponggay Gaston and Dani Ravena together freshman Joan Narit.
The Fighting Maroons, on the other hand, will rely on their advantage on experience and familiarity after just losing veteran setter Ayel Estranero after their campaign last year.
Using its heartbreaking outing the previous season, seniors Isa Molde, Tots Carlos, Rem Cailing, Justine Dorog, Jessma Ramos and Marist Layug are determined to bring UP to glory in their last playing year as Fighting Maroons.
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