LIVE UPDATES: UAAP Season 86 volleyball February 17

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UAAP volleyball opening schedule of games (February 17)

Mall of Asia Arena

10 a.m. – Ateneo vs UE (men’s)
12 noon – Adamson vs La Salle (men’s)
2 p.m. – Ateneo vs UE (women’s)
4 p.m. – Adamson vs La Salle (women’s)

FULL SCHEDULE HERE.

La Salle Lady Spikers’ Julia Coronel in the UAAP volleyball press conference. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Julia Coronel is up for the challenge of being one of the leaders in La Salle’s title-retention bid in the UAAP Season 86 women’s volleyball tournament starting on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

After the departure of reigning Best Setter and Season 85 Finals MVP Mars Alba, Coronel was tasked to be the team captain and main playmaker of the team.

Dedet Pepito Regina Jurado UST Tigresses UAAP

Bernadett Pepito and Regina Jurado of the UST Tigresses ahead of the UAAP volleyball competition. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

Admittedly on its rebuilding phase, University of Santo Tomas (UST) will be coming into the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament with no expectations.

But it doesn’t mean that the Golden Tigresses would simply back down to the competition, especially after surprising themselves in their preseason preparations.

“We performed well [in the preseason] even though we didn’t put a lot of pressure on ourselves,” captain Bernadett Pepito told the Inquirer after the league’s press conference on Monday. “Coming to this season we are hungry [to win] because in the two seasons of the Shakey’s (tournament), we reached the final four.”

Faida Bakanke FEU SSL

FEU’s Faida Bakanke will make her UAAP debut in Season 86.–SSL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Far Eastern University parades star foreign student-athlete Faida Bakanke in the UAAP Season 86 women’s volleyball tournament, which opens this weekend at Mall of Asia Arena.

Even before the season started, the Congolese rookie has already made waves by flexing her towering net defense and hard-hitting attacks to lead FEU to two podium finishes with a silver medal in the V-League and a bronze in the Shakey’s Super League.

Ateneo coach Sergio Veloso UAAP

Ateneo coach Sergio Veloso during the UAAP Season 86 women’s volleyball press conference. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Despite fielding a rebuilding roster, new Ateneo coach Sergio Veloso is determined to bring back the Blue Eagles to the Final Four in the UAAP Season 86 women’s volleyball tournament.

“It’s my first season and I introduced a little different skills, different system, and I’m so happy because the players understand this and my feeling, the team can improve to another level,” said the Brazilian coach, who makes his debut on Saturday against the new-look University of the East.

“Our target is to [be] in the Top Four.”



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