MANILA, Philippines - Members of the Blu Girls, the Southeast Asian Games champions, and reigning World Series Big League titleholder Team Manila show their wares in the Cebuana Lhuillier National Intercollegiate Women’s Softball Championship which gets underway today at the Rosario Sports Complex in Pasig.
Defending champion Adamson U, which boasts of four Blu Girls and eight Golden Girls of Manila, winners of the recent World Series for softbelles aged 16-18, are the teams to watch in the the seven-day tournament spread through Sunday.
It’s been seven years since the Blu Girls captured the SEA championship.
The Lady Falcons of coach Ana Santiago try to draw first blood when they battle St. Louis University of Baguio in the opener of a heavy four-game schedule at 8 a.m.
University of the East, the losing finalist last year when this tournament was still known as Ateneo Invitational Championship, faces UAAP archrival University of Santo Tomas at 10 a.m., while Bulacan State University, one of the three provincial teams entered in the 12-team, two-group, one-round eliminations, takes on University of the Philippines at 1 p.m.
State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) titlist Rizal Technological University takes on La Salle at 3 p.m.
The Lady Falcons are seeking a sweep of all the tournaments in the past two years after dominating the UAAP series back-to-back in 2010 and 2011, the 2010 and 2011 National Open and last year’s Ateneo Invitationals.