Blue Eagles secure Final Four twice-to-beat
Mark Escarlote on Mar 18, 2017 01:13 PM
Ateneo de Manila snatches its 10th win in a row together with the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.
Fueled by a trio of yellow cards in the second set, three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila vented its ire on University of Sto. Tomas, 22-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-21, Saturday as the unbeaten Blue Eagles secured a semifinals twice-to-beat advantage in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Fying V Centre in San Juan.
Three-time Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo unleashed his best game of the season with 27 points anchored on 23 attacks to tame the Tigers and deliver the Katipunan-based squad’s 10th straight win in as many outings and 24th in a row since last season.
Ateneo started out flat but got its game going with a little push from first referee Oliver Mora.
With the game tied at 7 in the second set, Mora flagged head coach Oliver Almadro, skipper Karl Baysa and setter Ish Polvorosa with yellow cards for continuous complaining on a non-call.
Almadro was fuming mad on the sidelines that earned him a yellow card and his wards were surprised with the call.
The incident switched the Blue Eagles in killer mode as Ateneo escaped a tight second set and dominated the next two frames to send the Tigers to their sixth loss in 10 games.
Manuel Medina led UST with 13 points while Jerico Jose had 11.
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