MANILA, Philippines – The UAAP Season 82 volleyball tournament will finally get going on March 3, after its opening was delayed due to the coronavirus threat.
The men's and women's tournaments open at the Mall of Asia Arena with a double-header, featuring games between University of the East (UE) and Far Eastern University (FEU).
On March 4, University of Santo Tomas (UST) face off against National University (NU), and Ateneo de Manila University take on University of the Philippines (UP) in an early edition of the Battle of Katipunan, still at the MOA Arena.
The rivalry match between Ateneo and De La Salle University is set on March 7 at the same Pasay City venue, which also features the showdown of UP against UE.
The first week of volleyball action concludes with NU against Adamson University, and FEU against UST at the MOA Arena.
Below is the full schedule of the first round:
Unlike in past seasons, there will be Tuesday games with one men's and one women's games.
Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays will have a program format that will see games alternating between men's and women's. Games will still be at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
For the first round, the teams facing off for the men's side will also be the same pairing in the women's game.
The volleyball tournaments were originally supposed to open on February 15, but the UAAP postponed all of its sporting events after February 14 due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Other sports are also set to resume: the judo competition takes place on February 29 to March 1 at the MOA Arena, the athletics events are set for March 21-25 at the PhilSports Oval, and the baseball and softball tournaments begin on March 11 and March 12, respectively.
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