The queens are coming back home.
As if the excitement of University of Santo Tomas fans for the upcoming UAAP Season 81 Women’s Volleyball tournament isn’t high enough yet, the university, through its Institute of Physical Education and Athletics department, announced Thursday an exhibition match between the current batch of the Tigresses and their seniors from recent—and not-so-distant—past.
The event, which will happen on February 6 at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, will not only serve as a way to drum up excitement and support for the Tigresses’ 2019 campaign, but also as a homecoming for some of the legends who helped build the volleyball dynasty.
IPEA’s infographics already include the return of Season 69 champions Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Ging Balse. The duo reunited last year to help Petron notch the 2019 PSL All-Filipino Conference title.
— IPEA (@ust_ipea) January 31, 2019
But who else are coming back?
In a tweet posted on the same day of the announcement, Denise Tan, starting setter of the Season 69 batch, revealed she will once again don the number 14 jersey at the upcoming event. Tan, though not playing competitively anymore, is still part of the volleyball circle as an analyst for the PSL.
Wearing #14 again next week💛 https://t.co/uIH0fE9IjM
— Denise Tan (@_denisetan) January 31, 2019
Another UST legend and two-time UAAP champion, Angeli Tabaquero, is all set to participate in the event. Tabaquero’s all-around offense-to-defense play helped the Tigresses win the Season 69 and Season 72 titles.
And if die hard fans are itching to know whether Venus Bernal, one of the most iconic names in PH volleyball in the 2000s, will be present too, Queen B confirmed her attendance as well.
It’s really gonna be one big and explosive get-together in España and here’s a partial list of the alumni who will most likely play (but will be present) in the event:
1. Venus Bernal
2. Ging Balse
3. Angge Tabaquero
4. Aiza Maizo
5. Denise Tan
6. Joey Torrijos
7. Rhea Dimaculangan
8. Maika Ortiz
9. Rubie De Leon
10. Jessica Curato
11. Pam Lastimosa
12. Jessey De Leon
13. Dancel Dusaran
14. Mela Tunay
15. Michelle Del Rosario
16. Kat Carangan
17. Chloe Cortez
18. Shannen Palec
19. Alex Cabaños
20. Mia Hirotsuji
Former Tigresses Mozzy Ravena, Roxanne Pimentel, Vilet Ponce De Leon, and many more also pledged their presence at the event.