UAAP Season 80 is an exciting year in collegiate volleyball. This is because the most of the big names in PH volleyball were already graduated from college. Only a few remains and new stars are rising from every schools.
This year is a game between relatively young teams versus the experienced and mature ones. The latter I’m talking about are the schools such as National University Lady Bulldogs, Far Eastern University Lady Tamarraws and the De La Salle University Lady Spikers. I think they have experienced players who are playing in the commercial and pro-league. Individually the players were exposed to high intensity games and developed to be better which is beneficial to their respective teams. The thing that will matter is on how their acquired experience and maturity translate into winning games in UAAP Season 80.
NU Lady Bulldogs has an intact line-up. The likes of Santiago, Nabor, Urdas, Sato and Singh whose connection and teamwork made them closer to the Final Four last year but failed near the end. In the off season, these girls played in commercial league where they won the championship in PVL Collegiate Conference but that doesn’t automatically give them a free pass in the UAAP games rather they showed their opponents that they are the wall that most teams would climb towards that UAAP championship. The players are hungry for a trophy although they may have a new coach but their desire to get that Final Four spot and eventually the championship are unwavering.
FEU Lady Tamarraws is a strong team with a powerful line-up despite the loss of Palma when she graduated. Their rally towards the Final Four is also strong as key players are still with the team. They will stand their ground against the other relatively younger teams to defend their Final Four spot and eventually the championship. They also played in the commercial league where they faced the Lady Bulldogs and finished second. In this UAAP season, many expect that the Lady Tamarraws will come back against their loss from the NU Lady Bulldogs.
DLSU Lady Spikers has also an intact line-up despite the loss of veteran setter Fajardo who finished her last playing year in Season 79. Although the team may have a new setter but their team have two national players, Dy and Macandili, who are key players in defending their UAAP title a the top seed. The team are composed of veterans as they also played in the pro league during off season. Their maturity as a team grew and they’ll be needing to convert their individual strength to propel the team in winning another championship title.
Many expect these team to excel in this UAAP Season 80 but these are expectations of people rooting for these teams because the reality is its anybody’s game. The other teams are young but resilient. Underestimating the other teams may cost a Final Four spot and even a championship.
This Season 80 I’ll be looking forward to more exciting games and action packed matches between schools having one goal in mind and it’s to win the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Volleyball Championship.