UAAP champion Ateneo, UST open Shakey's V-League Collegiate Conference

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Reigning University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) champions Ateneo Lady Eagles tangle with the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses on July 11 (Saturday) at The Arena in San Juan to open the Shakey's V-League Collegiate Conference.

Ateneo will lean on UAAP Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez in the 12:45PM match that will open its quest for a V-League title.

UST, meanwhile, has undergone some major changes in the offseason.

The Golden Tigresses will parade a new coach in Kungfu Reyes, who is expected to turn UST into a contender again in the collegiate league. Reyes replaced Odjie Mamon.   

In the second game, Far Eastern University will take on the University of Batangas, while San Sebastian College will test the mettle of newcomer College of St. Benilde to cap off Saturday's matches.

Here's the preliminary round schedule of the conference: