La Salle Lady Spikers. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – La Salle opens its title retention campaign against Adamson in the UAAP women's volleyball season 86 opener on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Lady Spikers and Lady Falcons, who met in the preseason finals, highlight the season opener in their exciting game at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, Ateneo and the University of the East will unveil their new squad at 2pm, with Blue Eagles coach Sergio Veloso making his debut parading Lyann De Guzman, AC Miner and Roma Doromal following the departure of Vanie Gandler and Faith Nisperos.

UE also has new coach Jerry Yee, who will have the California Academy core led by Casiey Dongallo.

La Salle, which ended a five-year title drought for its 12th championship after dethroning National University last year, parades rookie MVP Angel Canino, Thea Gagate, Alleiah Malaluan, Shevana Laput, Aimee Provido and Julia Coronel with coach of UAAP's most successful, Ramil De Jesus calling the shots.

The Lady Spikers lost graduates Jolina Dela Cruz and Mars Alba, as well as Fifi Sharma and Justine Jazareno, who decided to turn pro with Akari in the PVL.

New Adamson coach JP Yude who led the high school girls team to a perfect championship on Monday, will make her debut in the girls opener with winger Lucille Almonte leading her young team following the departure of Louie Romero, Trisha Tubu, Kate Santiago, Rizza Cruz and others with trainer Jerry Yee, who went to Farm Fresh in the PVL.

La Salle and Adamson face off in the finals of Shakey's National Invitational as the Lady Spikers stage a comeback in the series without Canino, with Laput emerging as tournament MVP.

Male confrontation

The men's teams of Ateneo and UE and La Salle and Adamson raise the curtain on the new volleyball season at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.

On Sunday, runner-up Universidad Nacional begins its path to title redemption by facing the University of Santo Tomas, which begins its life without Eya Laure in the 4pm game.

The Lady Bulldogs will continue to lean on their core led by Bella Belen, Alyssa Solomon, Vange Alinsug, Sheena Toring and setter Lams Lamina against the Golden Tigers Regina Jurado, Jonna Perdido, newcomer Angeline Poyos, playmaker Cassie Carballo and libero Detdet Pepito .

Far Eastern University parades foreign student-athlete Faida Bakanke against the University of the Philippines, which will have new coach Oliver Almadro, in the 2 p.m. match.


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The second day of the men's tournament will feature a rematch between 'four-peat' chasing NU, who won all their games last year, and runners-up UST at 12 noon after the FEU-UP match.



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