Blue Eagles face Falcons; Tamaraws take on Red Warriors

Mark Escarlote on Mar 21, 2017 11:49 PM
Blue Eagles face Falcons; Tamaraws take on Red Warriors
Ateneo de Manila stakes its undefeated record in a square off with Adamson.

Already assured of a spot in the Final Four and a twice-to-beat advantage, the unbeaten two-time defending champions Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles are now looking to move closer to an outright championship berth in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament.

Only four teams are standing on the Blue Eagles way to march directly into the best-of-three Finals and the Adamson Falcons are their first hurdle Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Game time is at 10:00 a.m. airing live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.

Ateneo is on a 10-game romp this season and 24 in a row since last year.

The Blue Eagles defeated University of Sto. Tomas, 22-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-21, last Saturday and are looking for a repeat against the also-ran Falcons.

The Katipunan-based squad shot down Adamson, 25-17, 25-17, 25-20, last February 18 in a match that saw Ateneo defeat the Falcons in the first round for the first time in three years.

Even with Adamson already out of the race for the last two remaining semis seats, the Falcons remain a dangerous team especially when they have nothing to lose.

Adamson is yet to win a match in the second round dropping their first three matches with the last coming at the hands of De La Salle University, 29-27, 22-25, 21-25, 18-25, last Sunday in a loss that formally booted them out of contention as they slide to 2-8 slate.

Meanwhile, Far Eastern University hopes to end a three-game slump when the Tamaraws go up against eliminated team University of the East Red Warriors.

The Tams tie University of the Philippines with 5-5 cards at third to fourth spots behind another semis-bound squad and second running National University (9-1).

FEU bowed down to NU, 21-25, 23-25, 24-26, last Sunday while UE lost to UP, 22-25, 23-25, 18-25, last Saturday to remain at the cellar with 1-9 card.





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