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GAMES TODAY (Rizal Memorial Coliseum)
10 a.m. Opening ceremonies
12:30 p.m. St. Paul Pasig vs  Poveda  (Jrs)
2 p.m. San Beda vs UMAK (Srs)
3:30 p.m. CEU vs PWU (Srs)

CEU starts 8-peat bid as 49th  WNCAA  kicks off

Centro Escolar University no longer has the core of its champion team last year but is confident that its off-season recruitment program makes the Lady Scorpions one of the favorites anew as the 49th Women's National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) kicks off Saturday, Sept. 1,  at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The seven-time defending champion CEU will face Philippine Women's University, the 48th season third placer, in the 3:30 p.m. main game at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, after the other seniors game pitting  previous season's runner-up University of Makati against San  Beda College Alabang at 2 p.m.

The Lady Scorpions have only three  holdovers this season.

First-time host St. Paul College Pasig will lead the 10 a.m. opening rites which will have as guests  former CEU star and many-time WNCAA Most Valuable Player Janine Pontejos, a National player for several years now, and SPCP alumna Megan Cabrera, a co-captain of the University of the Philippines Pep Squad.

The WNCAA will also give a standing ovation to the female podium finishers of the Philippines  in  the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia, especially  the gold medalists--the golf team of Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and LK Go, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and skateboarder Margielyn Didal.

The juniors squad of St. Paul  plunges  into action versus Poveda at 12:30 p.m.

Last June, the 25-year-old  Pontejos  ruled the Fiba 3x3 World Cup shootout contest  at Philippine Arena in Bulacan, beating the representatives
of Russia and Croatioa on 5-of-5 shooting in 41.86  seconds.  The Russian silver medalist also had 14  points but took longer to finish, 49.92 seconds.

>The volleyball tournament starts  Sunday, Sept. 2, also at RMC, featuring six games.  Two-time  defending champion San Beda battles
University of Asia &  the Pacific at 3:30 p.m.

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