UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL: Men's action begins Saturday

UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL: Men's action begins Saturday
National University begins its quest to end a three-year title drought in the UAAP.

Action in the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament begins on Saturday morning with a double-header feature at the Mall of Asia Arena.

De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas collide at 10:00 a.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86 and LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183.

Clashing at 8:00 a.m. in the season’s curtain-raiser are National University and Adamson University. The Bulldogs-Falcons match will air live on LIGA and LIGA HD.

Both matches are available via livestream.

DLSU will parade a new head coach in Norman Miguel after Nes Pamilar resigned from his position after just one season. Ace hitter Raymark Woo will spearhead the Green Spikers’ campaign together with veterans Cris Dumago, Arjay Onia, Mike Frey and setter Reuel Asia, who will fill in the spot left by his brother and national team playmaker Geuel after he graduated last season.

But DLSU’s opening day assignment will be a tough one especially against a veteran-laden Tigers.

UST head coach Odjie Mamon will parade a solid squad bannered by Arnold Bautista, Jayvee Sumagaysay, Joshua Umandal, Manuel Medina, Tyrone Carodan and Anthony Arbasto.

The Tigers finished fourth last season while DLSU settled for sixth.

Meanwhile, NU’s search to end a three-year title drought begins as the Bulldogs, which finished runner up to Ateneo de Manila University in three straight seasons after ruling Season 76, face a severely depleted Falcons side.

Fresh from his beach volleyball conquest, national team mainstay Bryan Bagunas hopes to bring his success as he leads a crack Bulldogs core composed of James Natividad, Fauzi Ismail, Kim Malabunga and Madzlan Gampong with skipper Francis Saura.

Adamson, on the other hand, lost a great deal of veterans in Dave Pletado, setter Karlle Ramirez, Jerome Sarmiento and top hitter Michael Sudaria.

Coach Domeng Custodio will pin his hopes on Philip Yude, Paolo Pablico and seasoned libero Rence Melgar as Adamson fights to return in the Final Four after missing the cut last season for the first time in six years.

 

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