Maroons overcome Tigers in five sets for share of second

Mark Escarlote on Feb 19, 2017 12:55 PM
Maroons overcome Tigers in five sets for share of second
University of the Philippines survives its second five sets match of the season.

Graduating players Alfred Valbuena and skipper Wendel Miguel stepped up when needed the most to tow University of the Philippines back in the win column Sunday in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

The duo powered the Fighting Maroons back from a 1-2 match deficit to a thrilling, 25-23, 20-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-8, decision over the University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers to move up to a share of the second to fourth spot.

Valbuena uncorked 17 attacks with three kill blocks and a pair of aces to lead the Diliman-based squad with 22 points while Miguel scored all but one of his 21 markers off spikes to help UP rebound from a shocking straight sets loss to De La Salle University last Wednesday.

The win put the Maroons, who survived its second 5-set match after beating Adamson in their season opener, beside Far Eastern University and National University at second to fourth spot with 3-1 win-loss mark behind unbeaten three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila (4-0).

John Millete coming off the bench added 17 points for UP, which rained down 67 attacks and held its defense at the net with 10 kill blocks.

The Maroons will face Ateneo next Sunday.

UST saw its two-game winning run come to a quick halt to drop to 2-2. Manuel Medina finished with 16 points while Jayve Sumagaysay had 11 for the Tigers.

The Espana-based squad’s next assignment is on Saturday against winless Adamson.



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