MANILA, Philippines – University of Santo Tomas (UST) begins its title-retention bids in the women's and men's division when the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament begins on Thursday at the Sands SM By the Bay.
The Tigresses, gunning for a record fifth championship, will take on De La Salle University at 3 p.m., then return in the night session against National University (NU) at 7:00 p.m.
The Growling Tigers, meanwhile, open their campaign for a fourth crown against University of the Philippines at 5 p.m.
UST regained the women's beach volleyball title in Season 79, thanks to the pair of Cherry Rondina and Jem Gutierrez, who outlasted Far Eastern University's (FEU) Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza in three games.
Their men's team went perfect in nine games, with KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto sweeping FEU's Jude Garcia and Jeremiah Barrica in the finals.
FEU will take on Ateneo de Manila University at 3:30 p.m., followed by NU-Adamson University at 4 p.m. and UP-University of the East at 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Tamaraws will be back in the evening session to face the Lady Maroons at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Lady Spikers-Lady Falcons tussle at 8 p.m. and the Lady Eagles-Lady Warriors match to cap opening day action at 8:30 p.m.
Other men's opening day matches are FEU-NU at 5:30 p.m., Adamson University-La Salle at 6 p.m. and Ateneo-UE at 6:30 p.m.
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