Surging Maroons target third win in a row
Mark Escarlote on Feb 16, 2016 06:20 PM
University of the Philippines is looking to win its third straight match.
Pumped up after surprising last year’s runner up, University of the Philippines is looking to continue its winning roll on Wednesday.
The Fighting Maroons stunned the National University Bulldogs, 25-19, 25-20, 31-29, last Saturday in for UP’s second straight win after dropping a straight sets loss to Far Eastern University to start the 78th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament.
UP and NU are tied at third to fourth spot with 2-1 win-loss slates.
The Diliman-based squad takes on the struggling De La Salle University Green Spikers in their 8:00 a.m. tussle at The Arena in San Juan seeking a share of the lead with the defending champion Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles and Adamson Falcons, who both hold identical 3-1 record.
Wendel Miguel, who scored 19 points the last time out, Niccolo Consuelo, Alfred Valbuena and John Mark Millete are expected to churn out the same contributions for the Rodrigo Palmero-mentored squad.
DLSU is down with two straight defeats after three outings tied with the University of Sto. Tomas Tigers.
The Green Spikers fell victim to the Bulldogs before falling short of achieving a morale-boosting upset against the Blue Eagles, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 21-25, 10-15, last Sunday.
Top spikers Raymark Woo and John Onia, who scored 24 and 19 points against Ateneo, Cris Dumago and Ralph Calasin will carry the Taft-based squad’s fight to avoid a third straight slump.
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