PVL: UST, FEU near Finals showdown
University of Sto. Tomas inched closer to a championship berth.
Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas moved a step closer to setting up a Finals date after hurdling their respective semifinals foes Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference men's division at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Tamaraws sustained the momentum of its playoff win last Wednesday to secure the last Final Four spot to shock top seed National University with a come-from-behind 21-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-23, upset win to draw first blood in the best-of-three series.
Mark Calado showed the way for FEU, which swept College of St. Benilde in a playoff three days ago, with 16 points off 13 kills, two kill blocks and an ace.
John Paul Bugaoan and Redijohn Paler finished with 13 points each as the Tams exacted revenge on their elimination round tormentors, who gave away 36 points off errors.
Meanwhile, the Tigers weathered the comeback attempt of gritty Adamson University, 25-18, 25-22, 16-25, 32-30, to take Game 1 of their semis showdown.
Jayvee Sumagaysay led three other UST players in double figures with 19 points highlighted by six of the Tigers’ 14 kill blocks in a repeat win over the no. 3 seed Falcons.
Joshua Umandal scored all of his 18 points on attacks while adding six digs for the Espana-based squad. Manuel Medina chipped in 12 kills, three aces and a pair of kill blocks for 17 markers he spiced up with 18 excellent receptions while Genesis Redido had 12 points for UST.
FEU and UST can close the series on Wednesday.
Bryan Bagunas, who returned after a three-game absence to focus on beach volleybal, scored 22 points to pace the Bulldogs.
Rookie Angelo Almendras submitted 13 markers while Madzlan Gampong had eight for NU.
Paolo Pablico and George Labang got 16 points each for Adamson while Leo Miranda had 10.
Game 3, if needed, is on Sept. 8.
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