UE halts 35-game skid, outlasts Adamson in five sets
Mark Escarlote on Mar 11, 2017 12:18 PM
University of the East players celebrate after putting a halt to their two and a half-year bleeding.
The long wait is over for the University of the East Red Warriors.
After two and a half seasons of futility, the Red Warriors finally quenched their thirst for victory at the expense of Adamson with a hard-earned five-set 25-23, 19-25, 19-25, 25-18, 16-14 win Saturday to open their second round campaign in the 79th UAAP men's volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.
Four UE players led by Season 77 rookie of the year Edward Camposano scored in double figures in a great display of teamwork to pull off the morale-boosting win in a match that lasted an hour and 54 minutes.
The Red Warriors won for the first time in eight tries snapping a 35-game losing skid and avenged its straight sets first round loss to Adamson last week.
Camposano blasted 18 kills with a kill block and an ace for 20 points for the Recto-based squad, which won its last game in Season 76 before falling to a long slump. The third year player added 15 digs on top of his superb offensive display.
Trailing 12-14 in the fifth set, UE clawed its way back and saved two match points to tie the frame after a reception error by Adamson and a block by Samuel Lelic Jr. on Falcons setter Karlle Ramirez's drop attempt.
The Red Warriors took the lead with a heady play by setter Vincent Magdaong, pushing the ball to the back row as the Adamson defenders clumped at the front of the net. Noel Alba sealed the win with a missile.
Noel Alba chipped in 18 points including 16 of the Red Warriors' 69 attack points while Clifford Inoferio and Lelic finished with 14 and 13 markers, respectively.
The Falcons dropped to 2-6 slate tied with De La Salle University.
Jerome Sarmiento scored 19 points, Michael Sudaria and John Yude had 13 markers each while Mark Alvarez had 11 for Adamson, which in the women's division also halted UE's 58-game losing slump at the end of the elimination round in Season 78.
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