WNCAA marks 37th season with 20 teams on Saturday
By Jasmine W. Payo
Last updated 04:16am (Mla time) 08/03/2006
Published on page A25 of the August 3, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
WITH THE addition of two new members, a keener competition is expected when the 37th Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) basketball tournament kicks off Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Joining the oldest tri-level league for women in the country are Philippine Women’s University and St. Francis of Assisi College.
“The addition of PWU and St. Francis would surely bring more excitement to the league as the old members would double their efforts so as not to be upstaged by the newcomers,” said league chief operating officer Ma. Vivian Manila of St. Scholastica’s College during a press conference yesterday at the Grand Boulevard Hotel.
The league, which now has 20 competing schools in the National Capital Region, divides competition in three levels -- elementary, high school and college.
The seniors division of the basketball tournament is split into two groups.
Defending Group A champion AMA Computer University and reigning Group B titlist San Beda College Alabang will compete in the same bracket this season.
Joining them in Group A are St. Scholastica’s College, Philippine Women’s University, College of St. Benilde, Centro Escolar University and Lyceum of the Philippines.
Miriam College is expected to pace Group B, which is composed of University of Asia and the Pacific, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Siena College of Quezon City, La Consolacion College, Rizal Technological University, World Citi Colleges and St. Francis of Assisi College.
“WNCAA has already proven to be one of the best leagues in the country. We’re already the third longest running collegiate league (next to NCAA and UAAP),” said league president Ma. Angelica dela Cruz.
Bemedalled swimmer Akiko Thompson will be the keynote speaker during the season opener this Saturday. This season’s host is St. Stephen’s High School.
The two new members get going right away with Miriam College taking on St. Francis in the 3:30 p.m. curtain-raiser with St. Scholastica’s College meeting Philippine Women’s University at 5.
Solar Sports’ vice president for marketing Jude Turcuatco added that basketball and volleyball games and the cheer dancing competition will be aired on the cable channel.