Valdez, Lady Eagles open 18th AUG campaign vs. Indonesia
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 10, 2016 08:56 PM
Team UAAP-Philippines' men's and women's volleyball team represented by Ateneo de Manila. (Photo courtesy of Deanna Wong's Twitter account @deannawongst)
The quest for their modest goal of duplicating their bronze medal finish two years ago begins Monday for Alyssa Valdez and the rest of the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles in the 18th ASEAN University Games.
Representing Team UAAP-Philippines in women’s volleyball, the Lady Eagles clash with powerhouse Indonesia at 12:00 noon at the National University of Singapore Multi-Purpose Sports Hall 5.
Ateneo hopes to fare better against the Indonesians this time around after dropping a four-setter in their 2014 AUG meeting in Palembang, Indonesia where the Lady Eagles eventually brought home the bronze medal.
Valdez, who was the Team UAAP-Philippines’ flag-bearer in the opening ceremonies Sunday night at the Nanyang Auditorium inside the Nanyang Technological University, will link up with her Lady Eagles teammates for one final time in the AUG.
The former Queen Eagle, who was also the country’s standard-bearer during the 2015 Singapore Southeast Asian Games, will team up with Jho Maraguinot, Bea de Leon, Kim Gequillana, returning Michelle Morente, setter Jia Morado and libero Gyzelle Tan.
Ateneo collides with reigning champion Thailand on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. before crossing paths with the host team on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.
The men’s volleyball team, represented by two-time UAAP champion Ateneo, starts its quest against Thailand at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, before taking on Laos on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., Singapore on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. before concluding its preliminary round stint against Indonesia at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
The women’s basketball team, starring two-time UAAP titlist National University, will also spring into action as it battles Singapore at the NTU Sports Hall on Monday.
The Lady Bulldogs’ next opponents are Malaysia on Wednesday, Thailand on Thursday before winding up the prelims on Friday against Indonesia.
Rio Olympics-bound Ian Lariba of La Salle will spearhead Team UAAP-Philippines’ drive in table tennis Tuesday at the NTU Sports Hall.
Behind triple gold medalist Hannah Dato of Ateneo swimming, the Philippines won 10 gold, 11 silver and 22 bronze medals in the 2014 edition in Palembang, the best campaign by the UAAP-backed squad in six years.