Twelve teams banner the inaugural PVL Collegiate Conference
Far Eastern University is one of the 12 teams participating in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.
Twelve teams including the NCAA champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, former UAAP titlist Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles and powerhouse team National University Lady Bulldogs will slug it out in the inaugural staging of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference opening on September 2.
The participating teams are divided into two brackets with six squads each in the first round.
Group A is composed of Ateneo, San Sebastian College, NU, Lyceum of the Philippines, Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines while bundled in Group B are Arellano U, Jose Rizal University, Technological Institute of the Philippines, San Beda College, Adamson University and former NCAA champion College of St. Benilde.
The Lady Bulldogs are still considered as the team to beat after dominating the V-League Collegiate Conference for the past two years but NU is expected to face a tough challenge from the other squads all hungry for glory.
LPU will see action in the commercial league organized by Sports Vision for the first time since joining the NCAA. The Lady Pirates last participated in a commercial league back in 2011 in the 8th V-League’s first conference.
The Lady Eagles are looking to move on after the departure of top setter Jia Morado and ace hitter Michelle Morente.
FEU will get a chance to test its new system under head coach George Pascua, who replaced Shaq delos Santos after the 79th UAAP season. The Lady Tams will also parade an almost intact lineup led by Jerrili Malabanan, who is coming off a championship run with BaliPure in the Open Conference, and veterans Bernadeth Pons and Toni Basas, who themselves are champions under the Petron banner in another commercial league.
The Lady Chiefs for their part want to use the league as part of their preparation for their NCAA title-retention bid while the other teams are also looking to gain experience and momentum heading into their respective collegiate leagues.
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