MANILA, Philippines -- University of Santo Tomas (UST) sets in motion its bid for a record sixth men's championship against National University (NU) as the UAAP Season 84 men's beach volleyball tournament begins Friday at Sands SM By The Bay.
After drawing a morning session bye, the Tiger Spikers are bracing for a tough showdown with the Bulldogs in an early showdown of favorites at 2 p.m.
Two-time Southeast Asian Games bronze medalist Jaron Requinton and Season 82 MVP Rancel Varga will banner UST's bid for a three-peat.
NU, for its part, will turn to Season 82 top rookie James Buytrago and Pol Salvador.
The Bulldogs are the second-winningest team behind the Tigers with four crowns.
Varga and Requinton joined forces for UST completing a 10-0 campaign in 2019 before Season 83 was scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the morning session, NU will open its campaign against De La Salle University at 10 a.m.
Far Eastern University, runner-up in Season 82, will go up against Ateneo de Manila University at 9 a.m. before drawing an afternoon bye.
University of the Philippines and Adamson University clash in the other morning match at 11 a.m.
The Blue Eagles and the Soaring Falcons collide at 3 p.m. before the Green Spikers and the Fighting Maroons wrap up opening day action at 4 p.m.
All student-athletes, coaches, officials, and sand court attendants will undergo antigen tests every match day. Admission to the six-day event is limited to the bleacher side beside the SM By The Bay parking area.