Blue Eagles keep clean record intact

Mark Escarlote on Feb 18, 2017 12:54 PM
Blue Eagles keep clean record intact
Marck Espejo of Ateneo de Manila registers 22 points in sweep over Adamson.

Reigning back-to-back champion Ateneo de Manila finally found a way to snap its first round losing slump to Adamson.

The unbeaten Blue Eagles pounced on the struggling Falcons for a walk in the park, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20, win Saturday to keep its hold of the lead in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Three-time Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo delivered 22 points with 20 coming off kills for the Katipunan-based squad, which improved its record to 4-0. He had 10 excellent receptions and seven digs for an all-around performance.

Rex Intal scored 12 points while birthday boy Josh Villanueva finished with nine points with four coming off kill blocks for the Blue Eagles, who in the last two seasons tasted their first defeats in the opening round against the Falcons.

“We prepared well for this kasi for the past three years, first loss namin lagi is against Adamson. Siguro they learned their lesson pero hindi pa kami dito natatapos. I told my players that we need to do more,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro, who was feeling under the weather.

The Blue Eagles outgunned the Falcons, 46-30, in attacks but the most glaring statistic was the blocking discrepancy with Ateneo scoring 10 kill blocks compared to Adamson’s one.

Jerome Sarmiento was the only Falcon to score in double figures with 10 points while skipper Michael Sudaria was limited to only six.

Adamson dropped to 0-4 tied with University of the East.




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