SSL fires with quadruple header at Rizal Memorial – Manila Bulletin

Shakey’s 2022 Super League Collegiate Pre-Season Championship goes down on Saturday with an explosive quadruple header kicking off hostilities at Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Eastern University and Mapua University face off in the opening round at noon, followed by another Pool A encounter between National Collegiate Athletic Association rivals University of San Beda and Perpetual Help University at 2:00 p.m.

Defending NCAA champions College of St. Benilde take an early test in a showdown against Philippine University Athletic Association team Far Eastern University in Pool D of the tournament featuring 18 of the top women’s college and university volleyball teams nationwide.

The Pool B battle between Adamson University and Sto University will cap off this action-packed opening day. Thomas at 6 p.m.

A simple opening ceremony will follow immediately after the second game.

Guests of honor and keynote speakers, Noli Eala, chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission, and Prospero de Vera, chairman of the Higher Education Commission.

Shakey’s Pizza Ventures, Inc. (SPAVI) President and CEO Vicente Gregorio will deliver the inspirational keynote while Philip Ella Juico, President and CEO of organizer SSL Athletic Events and Sports Management, Inc. (ACES), will deliver the welcoming address.

All eyes will surely be on the Lady Blazers as they test their mettle against the Lady Tamaraws after dominating the NCAA’s ’97 season with a clean sweep on their way to the throne.

“We don’t see ourselves as a team to beat. We don’t want that pressure,” CSB coach Jerry Yee said.

“It’s a different tournament from the NCAA, so it’s a new challenge for us,” added Yee, who will parade the core of his championship team.

NCAA Most Valuable Player Mycah Go, Gayle Pascual, Michelle Gamit and setter Cloanne Mondonedo lead the way for the Taft-based team.

The Lady Tamaraws are taking part in their first organized tournament for the first time under new head coach Tina Salak.

A former FEU setter, Salak will pilot a young team led by Jovelyn Fernandez, Cherry Tagaod, Shiela Kiseo and playmaker Christine Ubaldo.

Meanwhile, newly appointed head coach Yee will also lead the Lady Falcons with an arsenal of talent led by playmaker Louie Romero, Lucille Almonte, Lorene Toring, Aliah Marce and Rizza Cruz.

They will face a team of tough Tigresses parading a veteran crew of Eya Laure, Imee Hernandez, Camille Victoria and libero Bernadette Pepito.

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