Blue Eagles hunt for first semis berth

Mark Escarlote on Mar 11, 2017 11:12 PM
Blue Eagles hunt for first semis berth
Ateneo de Manila University is out to claim the first Final Four seat.

Unbeaten defending champion Ateneo de Manila University sets its eyes on clinching a Final Four berth Sunday in a showdown with University of the Philippines in their 79th UAAP men’s volleyball elimination round rematch at the Big Dome.

The ‘Battle of Katipunan’ rematch is scheduled at 10:00 a.m. and will be shown live on S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream.

With three-time Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo leading the charge, the Blue Eagles stormed its way to eight straight wins for the solo lead and at least a semifinals spot playoff.

Ateneo defeated Far Eastern University, 25-16, 25-9, 25-18, last Wednesday. The Blue Eagles are looking to make a repeat of their 25-18, 26-24, 25-16, win over the Maroons last February 26.

A win by Ateneo will give them a spot in the next round and will push them closer to a sweep of the elims that will propel them outright in the best-of-three finals.

The Maroons snapped a three-game skid with a 25-21, 25-23, 25-17 victory over De La Salle University last Wednesday for a 4-4 slate.

Meanwhile, FEU and DLSU clash at 8:00 a.m. with both teams trying to get back in the win column.

The Tams are at third spot with 5-3 card while the Green Spikers are tied with the Adamson Falcons with 2-6 marks.

FEU is favored to duplicate its 25-16, 25-19, 26-24, win over DLSU in their season opener last February five with the Green Spikers still missing the services of injured Raymark Woo (knee injury).






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