Tamaraws gore Bulldogs for solo third spot
Mark Escarlote on Mar 02, 2016 01:14 PM
Far Eastern University's defense powered the Tamaraws past National University.
Far Eastern University caught an error-prone National University by surprise Wednesday to claim the solo third spot and close the first round of eliminations in the 78th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
The Tamaraws took advantage of the Bulldogs' 44 errors to eke out a 25-19, 22-25, 26-24, 25-20, win for a three-game winning streak and 5-2 win-loss record behind league-leading Adamson and defending champion Ateneo de Manila (6-1).
“Actually ang hirap kasi ang galing ng NU from coaches to players. Ang galing kasi ng recruitment nila tapos ang galing nga mga coaches nila. Mahirap, actually, dinaan na lang namin sa samahan e,” said FEU head coach Reynaldo Diaz.
JP Bugaoan and Jeric Gacutan finished with 12 points each to pace FEU while Jude Garcia added 11 for the Morayta-based squad.
The Tamaraws held their fort in front of the net with Bugaoan posting five kill blocks in FEU’s total of 11 despite getting outgunned in attacks, 39-47.
“Yung performance talaga ng mga bata pinaghirapan talaga pinaghirapan ng mga bata, pinaghirapan ng mga coaches. Nagtulungan lang naman para makamit yung goal nila which is maganda naman ang resulta sa first round and tanong na lang ay paano namin dadalhin hanggang second,” said Diaz of his team’s first round campaign. “Sana magtuluy-tuloy ang galaw ng mga bata.”
FEU's only losses of the season came from Ateneo and Adamson.
The Bulldogs saved three set points in the third set to force a deuce. FEU scored on an attack before NU setter Vince Mangulabnan committed an error to give the Tams a 2-1 match lead. FEU controlled the fourth set to seal the on-hour, 52-minute duel and send the Bulldogs to a two-game losing slump.
Madzlan Gampong had 15 points, Kim Malabunga finished with 13 while James Natividad and Bryan Bagunas got 12 each for NU, which tied University of the Philippines with 4-3 record at fourth to fifth spot.
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