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Ateneo-La Salle rivalry headlines UAAP volleyball return on May 5

Reigning champion Ateneo is set to open its title retention bid against rival De La Salle in the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball tournament beginning next Thursday, May 5.

Ateneo Lady Eagles in file photo (UAAP) 

The Lady Eagles and the Lady Archers clash at 4 p.m. to highlight the return of collegiate volleyball action after a two-year hiatus.

All games will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with May 19 capping off the first round.

University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University will set the pace at the 10 a.m. curtain-raiser, National University and Adamson clash at 12 noon, while University of the Philippines and University of the East will close out the quadruple-header at 6 p.m.

Season 84 president Nonong Calanog of host De La Salle earlier announced that a closed-circuit setup is being eyed for the volleyball tournament but further updates have yet to be announced.

The last volleyball games, both in men’s and women’s, in the UAAP were played on March 8, 2020 before the remainder of Season 82 was scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Lady Eagles, then led by their triple tower of Bea de Leon, Maddie Madayag, and Kat Tolentino, bagged the UAAP title in Season 81 after beating the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses in the Finals.

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