UAAP Season 81: Lady Maroons, Lady Warriors clash in season opener

Mark Escarlote on Feb 15, 2019 09:56 PM
Lady Maroons, Lady Warriors clash in season opener
All eyes are on Isa Molde as she tries to lead University of the Philippines to a good start in the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament.

Pre-season favorite University of the Philippines and University of the East cross paths Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The two squads will duke it out at 2:00 p.m. in a match that 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.

The Lady Maroons are coming into the season as one of the top contenders after their impressive pre-season showing and an intact lineup.

UP ended a 36-year title drought in any major tournament after the Lady Maroons ruled the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. The Diliman-based squad followed it up with its conquest in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam that also earned them an all-expense paid training camp in Thailand.

Expectations are high for the Lady Maroons especially with an intact core. Top hitters Tots Carlos and Isa Molde are back with other holdovers in Ayel Estranero, Marist Layug, Marian Buitre and Justine Dorog.

But UP is sure to face a tough resistance from an inspired Lady Warriors side.

UE bagged third place in the PSL Collegiate Grand Slam, its first tournament podium finish in years.

The Lady Warriors will also parade an intact core led by prized libero Kath Arado, Me-Anne Mendrez, Judith Abil, Roselle Baliton, setter Lai Bendong and Seth Rodriguez.   




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