Tigers survive five sets thriller against Maroons

Mark Escarlote on Mar 25, 2017 01:54 PM
Tigers survive five sets thriller against Maroons
University of Sto. Tomas boosted its Final Four bid after a five-set victory over University of the Philippines.

University of Sto. Tomas kept its Final Four hopes alive after surviving a five-set match against its first round tormentor University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-21, 20-25, 18-25, 15-11, Saturday in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Tigers tied their victim at fourth to fifth spots with 5-6 win-loss record. It was a revenge victory for the Espana-based squad after the Maroons defeated them in five sets in the first round.

“Panglimang fifth set na namin ito. Sabi nga nila character-building para sa amin ang five-setters,” said UST coach Odjie Mamon, whose team won four of its five five-set matches this season.

Jerico Jose scored 19 attack points in his 22-point performance while Manuel Medina and Arnold Bautista finished with 15 and 13 markers, respectively, for the Tigers.

UST weathered an error-filled match after giving away 42 points and staved off UP’s last ditched attempt to make a comeback. The Maroons saved three match points to close the gap 14-11 before Alfred Valbuena put too much power on his crosscourt attack that went long that capped the two-hour, 11-minute match.

The Tigers will face De La Salle before taking on Adamson and Far Eastern University to close their elims campaign.

“We have three remaining games, revenge yung isa dun at yung isa para ma-attain ‘yung goal,” said Mamon. “Within expectations pa rin naman and we're hoping to get the last three games.”    

John Mark Millete scored 19 points while Valbuena and Gian San Pascual finished with 17 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Maroons.

UP’s remaining matches are against semis-bound National University, FEU and Adamson.




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