UAAP Season 82: Tamaraws, Red Warriors clash in season opener
Mark Escarlote on Mar 03, 2020 05:31 AM
(Photo: Arvin Lim)
Far Eastern University begins its charge for another shot at the crown on Tuesday when the Tamaraws take on a young but dangerous University of the East side in the UAAP Season 82 men’s volleyball tournament on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Falling short of reclaiming the throne it last held eight years ago last season when FEU bowed down to two-time defending champion National University in the championship, the Tams look to start things off on a bright note.
FEU will be parading a veteran core led by JP Bugaoan, Jude Garcia, Owen Suarez and Peter Quiel when they clash against the Red Warriors composed of sophomores and rookies at 2:00 p.m.
The season-opening battle will air live on 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.
Playing in his last season, team captain Bugaoan vows lead his team back to glory.
“Yung eagerness talaga, yung kagustuhan namin na makuha ang championship ngayon. Kasi marami nga kaming magi-exit so gusto naming mga seniors na pag-exit namin ay mabalik ang crown doon sa FEU,” said Bugaoan.
With all their seniors foregoing their last playing year, UE will be banking on a youthful roster to try to turn its fortune around after a lackluster performance last year.
Second year Al-jhon Abalon and Lloyd Josafat lead the Red Warriors’ march.
Although they lack experience compared to their elims opener counterpart, UE is determined to show that it is not a pushover team.
“Hindi na yung UE last year na kapag may laro kami, easy win na. Iba na yung taon ngayon. Hindi kami magpa-promise, pero papakita namin na iba na yung UE ngayon,” said Abalon.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles