The 11th National Athletic Association of Schools Colleges & Universities opened its 2nd semester sports with the Men’s and Women’s Volleyball taking center stage. The Makati Coliseum was once again the venue for the monumental event with eight teams figuring in the Men’s Volleyball and seven teams fighting it out in Women’s Volleyball.
Leading the way in the Men’s division and this year’s title favorite is last year’s Men’s Runner up the AMA Computer University Titans. The Titans opened their campaign with a 3 – 0 win over the City University of Pasay as the lone game in the opening. This year, the tournament will be a single round robin event with the top four teams making it to a knock out semi finals event. The one game final for bothr Men’s and Women’s will be the culminating event of the NAASCU.
The opening stared with the heartwarming rendition of the Invocation hymn entitled “Love is the answer” and the nationalistic interpretation of the Philippine National Anthem by the New Era University Men’s Chorale. Guest speaker for the opening was former Basketball Collegiate standout, PBA Player, National team Coach and now Games and Amusement Board Commissioner Fritz Gaston. To make the event more lively and stimulate the crowd’s interest, all eight muses of the different teams were introduced. STI College’s Monica Martinez was judged as the Best Muse among the eight other competitors who are also players of their respective teams.
The Team’s playing in the Men’s division are AMA Computer University, Centro Escolar University, City University of Pasay, Informatics International College, New Era University, Our Lady of Fatima University, St. Clare College and STI College. In the distaff side the seven teams are AMA Computer University, Centro Escolar University, Informatics International College, New Era University, Our Lady of Fatima University, St. Clare College and STI College where the AMA Computer University Lady Titans are the defending champion.
What made the opening of the NAASCU Volleyball Tournament all the more exciting was the third staging of the NAASCU Hiphop dance competition. The Our Lady of Fatima University bagged first place in the competition with an average score of 89% while the AMA Computer University Dancers came in second and the Centro Escolar University Scorpions came in third. Dr. Ernesto Jay G. Adalem declared the games open and as metioned the lone game between AMA and CUP was won by AMA. Stay tuned for updates on the 11th NAASCU Volleyball tournament and other forthcoming events.