Maroons outlast Falcons in five-set duel
Mark Escarlote on Feb 05, 2017 11:28 AM
Alfred Valbuena showcases an all-around performance in University of the Philippines' win over Adamson University.
University of the Philippines spoiled Adamson hitter Michael Sudaria’s career-performance in the Fighting Maroons’ 24-26, 25-20, 31-33, 27-25, 15-10, opening day win Sunday in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.
The Fighting Maroons held on in the deciding set of the match that saw an incredible display of defensive gems from both sides to join early winners three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila and National University.
Graduating player Alfred Valbuena led four other players that scored in double-figures for the Diliman-based squad with 19 markers, all coming off attacks. Valbuena also gifted UP, which pounded 71 attack points overall, with 10 excellent digs.
Skipper Wendel Miguel had an all-around performance for the Maroons with 18 points and spicing it up with 21 excellent receptions and 11 digs. John Mark Millete had 17 points while Gian San Pascual and John Mark Castillo finished with 12 and 11 markers, respectively for UP, which placed fourth last season.
The Maroons dampened the personal-best 29 points of Sudaria, who hammered 25 kills with four kill blocks, for last year’s third place team.
Sudaria also led the Falcons in floor defense with 23 receptions and 14 digs.
Jerome Sarmiento scored 20 while Dave Pletado and John Yude finished with 12 each for Adamson.
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