Blu Girls, Manila IX clash

MAnila, Philippines – Filipino sports fans will have the chance to see members of the Southeast Asian Games champions Philippines Blu Girls and the reigning World Series Big League titleholder Team Manila in action starting today when the Cebuana Lhuillier National Intercollegiate Women’s Softball Championship opens shop at the Rosario Sports Complex in Pasig City.

Defending champion Adamson University, which boasts off four Blu Girls and eight Golden Girls of Manila, winners of the recent World Series for softbelles aged 16-18, will bear watching all of the seven-day tournament spread through Sunday.

The Lady Falcons try to draw the first blood in defense of their crown when they battle St. Louis University of Baguio City in today’s 8 a.m. opener.

University of the East, the losing finalist last year, faces archUAAP rival University of Santo Tomas at 10 a.m., while Bulacan State University, one of the three provincial teams entered in the 12-team, two-group, one-round elimination tourney, takes on University of the Philippines at 1 p.m.

Capping today’s explosive action pits State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) titlist Rizal Technological University against La Salle at 3 p.m.