St. John's Institute players will be defending their crowns in the elementary and secondary girls' divisions of the NOPSSCEA Season 36 volleyball competition that kicks off at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Covered Courts Saturday.
College, aspirants and 10-Under tournaments are scheduled in the second semester, tournament officials said.
Eyeing the title in their respective category this school year are 7 teams in elementary boys category, 19 teams in elementary girls, 18 squads in secondary boys, and 33 schools in secondary girls.
The system of competition for the elementary boys will be single round robin elimination with the top four teams advancing to the final round via Page System Championship.
In the elementary girls' category, the 19 competing teams will be divided into four brackets with the top two teams in each group advancing into the modified cross-over finals.
High school boys' competing teams will be bracketed in three groups with the top two teams qualifying into the modified page system finals.
The secondary girls' competition will have six brackets with the top two teams in each group battling for the crown in a modified cross-over finals.
Matches will be under the supervision of tournament manager Ruel Panes, who will be assisted by Edgar Espares.
In last year's competition, St. John's Institute successfully defended their title against Living Stone International School in secondary girls' division, with LS-IS setting for first runner-up and BTTHS grabbing the second runner-up honors.
Season 35 secondary boys' champion was University of St. La Salle-Integrated School with Silay Insitute as first runner-up and St. Theresita's Academy – Silay, second runner-up.
SJI also bagged the title in elementary girls' volleyball last year by beating St. Francis Assisi School in the finals, while BTTHS placed second runner-up.
St. Theresita's elementary boys' team was last year's champion with Negros Institute as first runner-up and St. Scholastica's Academy, second runner-up.
Janus Dumaran will handle the secondary competition this year with Wilard Tubal taking charge of the elementary side.
Matches are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.*NAB
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