Blue Eagles look to score 8th straight win, repeat over Tams

Mark Escarlote on Mar 07, 2017 10:23 PM
Blue Eagles look to score 8th straight win, repeat over Tams
Defending champion Ateneo de Manila searches for its eighth win in a row in rematch against Far Eastern University.

After dominating the first round of battle, the unbeaten defending champions Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles set their eyes on keeping their winning streak going in a rematch against Far Eastern University Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Blue Eagles shoot for their eighth straight win to start the second round of eliminations in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament while the Tamaraws are out to avenge its opening round loss to Ateneo and cop their third victory in a row.

Three-time Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo and 6-foot-8 Russian-American Tony Koyfman proved to be a lethal tandem for the Katipunan-based squad as Ateneo swept the opening round for its best start in recent memory.

The Blue Eagles completed the feat with a 25-21, 25-21, 25-18, victory over De La Salle University last Saturday.

The boys of coach Oliver Almadro are now looking to make a repeat of their walk in the park 25-18, 25-15, 25-19 drubbing of the Tams last February 12.

Game time is at 10:00 a.m. airing live over ABS-CBN S+A and via livestream.

Even with an advantage of great momentum on their side, Almadro is not taking FEU lightly and wants his wards to keep their guards up, eyes focused on their goal and take it one game at a time. 

“It's the first time to sweep the first round. We should not be overwhelmed because the job is not yet done,” he said. “We want to push it more to the second round.”

“What we're trying to do is just relax first, don't be too eager because sometimes if you're too eager to push it, thinking of a sweep, thinking of that, nagiging baggage,” Almadro added. “So we want to put every game as an ordinary game, and take what will be the result. But what's important is we have to prepare hard.”

FEU is coming off back-to-back victories with University of Sto. Tomas as its last victim, 25-19, 25-23, 25-22, last Saturday.

The Tams are at solo third spot behind Ateneo (7-0) and National University (6-1).

Meanwhile, skidding University of the Philippines faces off with DLSU at 8:00 a.m. in  the curtain-raiser.

The Maroons are on a three-game losing slump and are in a two-way tie at 3-4 with UST while the Green Spikers are tied with Adamson with 2-5 slates.

DLSU snapped UP's 2-0 start last February 15 with a 25-23, 25-19, 25-21, win in the first round.




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