RAIWAI and Suva will need to calmly absorb all pressure if they are to retain the Joe Vulaca Junior Volleyball Championship this weekend.
The two-day tournament which starts today at the FMF Gymnasium will be one of its kind as the top guns are expected to battle for the prized Central Eastern event.
Last year Raiwai edged Suva in the men's final while the Capital City girls edged Security Forces in the women's final.
Fiji Volleyball Federation administrator Kenny Lidise said there would be huge pressure on the two teams to defend their titles this weekend.
"These two champions look good to defend their titles," he said.
"There will be huge pressure on them since all other teams will be hoping to avenge their losses last year."
Lidise said in the men's competition, Suva would be out to avenge the loss to Raiwai.
"It will be a close game, Suva has a lot of experienced players who are capable of beating the defending champions, but Raiwai will not let go easily."
He said the women's division would be an interesting battle and that other teams would be out in full force to try and take the champions down.
"Suva will face tough competition.
"They beat Security Forces last year but against Kinoya and Raiwai, they will be the teams that will pose as a threat to Suva."
Lidise added they would finalise the prizemoney later.