Ateneo cruises past UE to remain on top of the standings

Mark Escarlote on Feb 24, 2016 01:22 PM
Ateneo cruises past UE to remain on top of the standings
Back-to-back Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo uncorked 13 points to lead Ateneo de Manila in a three-set victory over University of the East.

The defending champion Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles kept their tight grip of the lead with its third straight win heading into the marquee rematch of last year’s championship series against National University Bulldogs on Saturday.

Back-to-back Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo uncorked 13 points for the Blue Eagles’ cakewalk win over the free falling University of the East Red Warriors 25-16, 25-18, 25-14, Wednesday in the 78th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

It took the Katipunan-based squad 68 minutes to dispose the listless Red Warriors and remain on top of the standing with a 5-1 win-loss record Ateneo shares with Adamson Falcons, the team that gave the Blue Eagles their only loss so far this season.

Rex Intal and rookie Ron Medalla scored nine points each for Ateneo, which will face the Bulldogs on Saturday to end the first round of eliminations.

Espejo blasted 10 kills, a pair of kill blocks and a service ace for the Blue Eagles. Ish Polvorosa had 23 excellent sets in Ateneo’s total of 41 attacks.

The Red Warriors dropped its sixth loss in as many outings – a total of 20 consecutive losses since their winless Season 77 campaign.

Rookie Ruvince Abrot is the only UE player in double digits with 10 points as last year’s rookie of the year Edward Camposano was shackled to only seven markers by the tight defense of Ateneo.     

 

 

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