Ateneo takes a share of the lead, FEU scores an upset
Mark Escarlote on Sep 06, 2017 01:26 PM
John Paul Bugaoan of Far Eastern University wins the joust against National University's Kim Dayandante.
Ateneo de Manila University cruised to its second straight win for a share of the lead Wednesday but Far Eastern University took the spotlight after scoring a huge upset in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference men’s division.
The Blue Eagles smothered San Beda College, 25-23, 25-16, 27-25, for a 2-0 slate tied with University of Sto. Tomas on top of the standings.
But Ateneo’s win was overshadowed by the Tamaraws’ 25-23, 21-25, 25-21, 14-25, 15-13, shocker against the stunned National University at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
FEU bounced back from its opening day setback at the hands of the Blue Eagles last Sunday by punishing the Bulldogs with John Paul Bugaoan leading the way.
Bugaoan scattered 18 attacks with three kill blocks and an ace for a 22-point outing to help the Morayta-based squad outlast the powerhouse and one of the top title contenders NU, which they tied at 1-1 slate together with idle De La Salle University.
Skipper Richard Solis added 15 points while Jude Garcia and Redjohn Paler got 13 and nine markers, respectively, for the Tams.
National team member Bryan Bagunas saw limited minutes in his first game in the tournament after skipping NU’s opening day win against the Red Spikers because of a lingering back spasm. He played only in the first set as a reliever in a scoreless stint.
Fauzi Ismail finished with 19 points, Kim Malabunga got 15 while James Natividad and Francis Saura combined for 23 points for the Bulldogs, who failed to capitalize on FEU’s atrocious 37-error outing.
Meanwhile, four-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo uncorked 15 points while Gian Glorioso chipped in with 13 in the Blue Eagles second straight win.
Ish Polvorosa was again superb in his playmaking as the graduating setter dished out 33 excellent sets in Ateneo’s 49 attack points.
San Beda dropped its second straight match in as many outings and joined NCAA rival College of St. Benilde at the cellar.
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