Blue Eagles land first beach volleyball title
Mark Escarlote on Oct 21, 2015 06:12 PM
CHAMPIONS. Marck Espejo and Ysay Marasigan give Ateneo their first men's beach volleyball championship.
Ysrael Marasigan waited four long years to hold the championship trophy while feeling the powdery sand on his feet.
Finally, after one thunderous attack, Marasigan with his rookie partner Marck Espejo felt the ecstasy of being called champions again, but this time on the sands.
The Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles tandem defeated University of Sto. Tomas' Kris Roy Guzman and Anthony Arbasto, 21-16, 21-19, Wednesday in the winner-take-all fourth match of the 78th UAAP men's beach volleyball Finals series at the MOA Sands by the Bay.
It was a bittersweet feeling especially for Marasigan, who was named season’s Most Valuable Player, as he played his last collegiate game in the sand.
"Sobrang saya na after four years and last year ko na rin, sabi ko gagawin ko ang lahat and titingnan ko kung saan ako mapupulot," said Marasigan. "Sabi rin ni coach last year ko na and dapat gawin ko ang lahat. Kaya ngayon sobrang sarap ng feeling ko."
Espejo for his part added another feather to his cap after leading the indoor volleyball team to its first title last year.
But the youthful power-spiker was happier with the fact that he helped his senior achieve the championship that eluded him for years.
"Ang gaan sa pakiramdaman lalo na sa akin na binigyan ko ng beach volleyball championship si Marasigan, na natulungan ko siya," he said.
The Blue Eagles advanced outright to the Finals armed with a thrice-to-beat advantage after sweeping the 7-game eliminations.
But UST, which took a long road to the championship round by eliminating Far Eastern University in the first knockout stepladder semifinals before dethroning the twice-to-beat National University for the right to face Ateneo, shocked the Blue Eagles by taking the series opener 21-13, 21-17.
Ateneo regrouped, 19-21, 21-15, 15-12, in the second match before the Tigers forced a decider, 21-14, 21-16.
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