Arellano U resumes ‘4 rounds’ offer as NCAA women’s volleyball returns

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AFTER a 28-month wait, Arellano University finally resumes “four-round” training against Mapua as the National Collegiate Athletic Association women’s volleyball tournament opens Saturday at Paco Arena.

Carla Donato and Princess Bello will now be the main gunners with Donna Paralejas the new main playmaker when the Lady Chiefs take on the Lady Cardinals at noon just after the 10am Opening Ceremony.

In Arellano University’s first game since February 13, 2020, before the league halted the ’95 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Legarda-based forwards hope to move on without the aces forwards Regine Arocha and Necole Ebuen and veteran playmaker Sarah Verutiao.

College of Saint Benilde, who had an unbeaten 7-0 campaign before the stoppage, play at San Beda at 2:30 p.m.

Four more teams will make their season debuts on Sunday with Season ’94 runners-up University of Perpetual Help System Dalta taking on Lyceum of the Philippines University at 2:30 p.m., just after the midday clash between San Sebastian and Emilio Aguinaldo College. .

Letran and Jose Rizal University will be the last teams to play their respective openers on Tuesday at noon.

Despite losing vital cogs Klarisa Abriam, Matet Pablo Felicia Cui and setter Jewel Lai until graduation, the Lady Blazers still have plenty of weapons at their disposal behind Mycah Go skipper Michelle Gamit , Gayle Pascual and new point guard Cloanne Mondoñedo.

The Lady Red Spikers will be without Cesca Racraquin, the team’s top scorer who is now one of the match analysts for new league TV partner GTV, as well as her sister-libero Daryl Racraquin, the Iza twins. and Ella Viray, Kim Manzano and setter Lynne Matias.

Patricia Cenzon will now orchestrate the pieces for San Beda, which hopes to secure production from survivors Trisha Paras, Justine Lapid and Mika Galang.

Mapua, who went 1-7 in 2020, hopes to do well this time around with Jonina Fernandez, Jolina Babiera and Gwen Espiritu.

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