Lady Navs test mettle in Shakey’s V-League

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014


BAGUIO – Benguet Educational Athletic League 2012 women’s volleyball champion Saint Louis University guns for the improbable this time as it heads to the Shakey’s Volleyball League.

Bracketed with UAAP season 76 women’s champion Ateneo Lady Blue Eagles, the Lady Navigators will be suiting up its current lineup and at the same time be backed by former BBEAL collegiate stars to firm up their bid in the tournament.

The team will see the return of former team captain Krissian Tsuchiya, now a human resources officer, and will be further beefed up by the top three players from rivals University of Baguio and two from the University of the Cordilleras.

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SLU quicker Colleen Rossi confirmed this over Facebook recently as the Lady Navigators will get five former stars to spice up the team in time for the March 23 opening of the premier professional volleyball league.
“Yes sir we are going to the V-League which opens on March 23,” said the 5’7” looker, who helped SLU take the 2012 title after nearly 10 years of disappointment.

BBEAL 2013 most valuable player Joan Lunday and her number two and former UB team captain Florence May Madulid as well as Clary Mejia will be suiting up for the team.

SLU will also include two former UC players in Roxanne Almonte, now the mentor of the Baguio City National High School, which is the two time winner of the Shakeys High School Volleyball League, and Maureen Agudia.

SLU is skippered by Marian Torres, with EJ Daniel, Laarni Quezada, Sunshine Benjawan, Eileen Gani, Alyssa Aquino and Jermain Geronimo.

Lunday and Madulid topped the Agudia-Almonte tandem in the first Panagbenga BBEAL Beach Volleyball Championship last year.

In October last year, SLU lost to UB in the 2013 season in two games, falling to a Lunday and Madulid, who finished their five year stint.
SLU is bracketed with College of Saint Benilde, Adamson, Arellano and Cebu’s Southwestern University.

Group B will have the Davao Eagles, Far Eastern University, the twin towers and National University, Perpetual Help, San Sebastian College and University of Santo Tomas.

Opening will be on March 23, at the San Juan Arena.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 20, 2014.

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