Games on April 3
2 p.m. – Ateneo vs FEU
4 p.m. – Perpetual Help vs NU
Ateneo parades comebacking Thai import Kesinee Lithawat as it battles Far Eastern U on Sunday, April 3 in an explosive matchup kicking off Season 8 of the Shakey’s V-League at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
Lithawat, who first saw action for the Lady Eagles in the second conference of Season 4 of the country’s premier women’s volley league, is the only Thai import seeing action in the first conference with San Sebastian opting to go all Filipino in its quest for a second diadem.
Aside from the 30-year-old Thai reinforcement, focus will also be on Charo Soriano, the former Ateneo star who is marking her coaching debut for Ateneo in the 2 p.m. encounter.
University of Perpetual Help System Dalta and National University tangle in the other game at 4 p.m. with both teams also going all out to start off strong in the single-round eliminations phase of the league sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza.
Games will be aired on a delayed basis over NBN-4, although live coverage of the matches can be watched on live streaming on www.v-league.ph.
Meanwhile, the opening rites will be held at 1 p.m. with the league’s former MVPs to deliver the oath of sportsmanship. The former outstanding male players of each school will also act as team escorts during the parade while the Children’s Joy choir group, a beneficiary of Shakey’s during Yuletide season, will do the invocation.
With Lithawat back in the fold, Ateneo has been installed as one of the favorites along with Adamson, winner of the last conference, San Sebastian, Lyceum and FEU. Others in the fold are St. Benilde and Visayan teams University of St. La Salle-Bacolod and Southwestern University of Cebu.
Lithawat saw action for Ateneo in the 2007 second conference of the league, organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Accel, where she helped steer the team to third behind UST and SSC.
Backing up Lithawat are former UAAP high school star and guest player Alyssa Valdez, setter Jem Ferrer and veterans Fille Cainglet, Kara Acevedo, Dzi Gervacio and Bea Pascual.
The talented Rachel Daquis and Wenneth Eulalio will spearhead FEU’s bid along with Maica Morada, Kathlene Magsumbol, Rosemarie Vargas, Dannah Henson and Gyzelle Sy.
“I think we have a competitive team this year,” said FEU mentor Nes Pamilar.
The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, will have former UAAP MVP Cherry Vivas as guest player along with Monique Tiangco, Dindin Santiago, Mervic Mangui, Cai Nepomuceno and libero Jen Reyes.
Michelle Datuin, on the other hand, will be the Lady Altas’ reinforcement backstopped by Keshia de Luna, Sandra delos Santos, April Ann Sartin and Ronerry dela Cruz.PR