UAAP bets take center stage

April 28, 2024 People's Tonight 197 views

UNIVERSITY Athletic Association of the Philippines bets take center stage in the girls’ play while provincial squads snatch the spotlight in the boys’ division as the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) crowns its new Under-18 champions on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

.High school powerhouse programs National University and the University of Santo Tomas slug it out in an expected fiery duel at 3 p.m. after trouncing all rivals in their way in similar perfect campaigns thus far.

Over the boys’ division, it’s an explosive battle between the powers from North Luzon and Central Luzon as Umingan, Pangasinan and Angatleta Sports-Orion, Bataan also try to cap unbeaten runs at 5:30 p.m.

UST and NU both scored easy wins in the semifinals to arrange a titular showdown of the annual tournament organized by the Philippine National Volleyball Federation headed by Ramon “Tats” Suzara.

The Junior Golden Tigresses needed only 86 minutes to trounce Kings’ Montessori School, 25-20, 25-14, 25-17, while the Lady Bullpups trounced La Salle-Lipa, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23, in 86 minutes as well.

Only one will be left standing with an unblemished record when the smokes cleared after the duel between perennial UAAP contenders.

And it’s the same for Umingan and Orion, which take contrasting wins against their respective semifinal counterparts.

Orion made short work of VNS-Savouge, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21, in 76 minutes as Umingan had to battle from a set down to best Canossa Academy, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-20, in one hour and six minutes.

Representing the Province of Pangasinan, Umingan nursed a jetlag and fatigue in the duel after landing in Manila just hours before tip-off following a stellar championship run in the Ilocos Region Athletic Association (IRAA) boys’ secondary volleyball against Ilocos SuR.

Pangasinan clinched a slot in the Palarong Pambansa later this year in Cebu and is now out to add the PNVF U18 crown to its conquest.