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Nov 25, 2014
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Last Saturday, November 22, the UAAP officially started Season 77 of its Women's Volleyball tournament. You know what that means: another season of palm-numbing spikes, elbow-burning dives, and long, neck-spraining rallies powered by tall, leggy protagonists for our viewing pleasure!

The festivities kicked off at the SM Mall of Asia Arena and, if opening day was any indication, then the UST Tigresses is certainly one of the must-watch teams after they sent the UE Lady Warriors to their 32nd straight defeat, 25-11, 25-12, 25-14. In the second game, defending champs Ateneo Lady Eagles showed why they're one helluva scary team, dominating a hapless NU side in three sets, 25-21, 25-18, 25-15.

25-11, 25-12, 25-14

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In day two, November 23, of Season 77's opening weekend, the FEU Lady Tamaraws defeated the UP Lady Maroons, 25-14, 26-24, 25-20. Then in the second game, last season's bridesmaids DLSU Lady Spikers recovered from a slow start to beat the Adamson Lady Falcons in four sets, 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-17.

While the first two game days showed us the teams to beat, witnessing all that ball-tastic action up close also opened our eyes to a glaring fact: Yes, they are girls but, when it comes to playing ball, the fairer sex can be just as intense as us bros!

You want proof? Look no further than the photos below!

They're not afraid to tumble and roll on the floor especially if it means a greater chance of getting to the ball. #NoPainNoGain

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When the game's on, they're gonna hit that ball like it was their ex's face.

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They'll communicate like real warriors on the court. And nope, they're not talking about makeup or where they got their tan.

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Despite their exposed limbs, they'll dive like Marc Pingris and Calvin Abueva to save a possession. 

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And when they one up their rivals, they'll celebrate like a baller who've just posterized someone. 

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, break muna! Here's a pretty sight off the court. Can you guess which school she's rooting for? #LookAtHerShirt

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Check out the look of silent determination on the face of DLSU's Ara Galang. We can assure you she's not thinking about her crush or stilettos!

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On the court, ball is life for these girls. Just ask Ateneo's Alyssa Valdez.

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These ladies will defend their turf no matter what!


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They see the ball as some magical device that must not touch the flooreven if they have to look awkward as heck trying to.

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And when push comes to shove, these volleybelles rise up to the occasionliterally! 

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They don't give a rat's ass if they're not exactly selfie-ready. These girls mean business! 

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We're one with Vice Ganda and Kiefer Ravena in appreciating the action served by the ladies. You girls rock!

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