UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU snaps Ateneo's 30-game winning streak in three-set shocker
Mark Escarlote on Feb 04, 2018 12:25 PM
John Paul Bugaoan willed Far Eastern University to a straight sets upset win over reigning champion Ateneo De Manila University.
Far Eastern University opened its season with a shocker, snapping three-time champion Ateneo de Manila University’s 30-game winning streak that bridged for two seasons with a huge 25-18, 25-19, 25-22, upset win in the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena Sunday.
John Paul Bugaoan spearheaded the Tamaraws’ first win against the Blue Eagles since Season 76 with 13 points with 10 coming off kills while Jude Garcia, who nailed the game-clinching kill, finished with 11 markers. Captain Richard Solis had 10 for FEU, which lost its last eight meetings with Ateneo.
“Pinaghirapan naman ng lahat yun. Pinaghirapan naming lahat. Kanina nga pinag-uusapan namin kung kailan ba huling nanalo ang FEU sa Ateneo? So isa siya sa motivation na ginamit namin,” said Tams coach Rey Diaz, whose team last defeated the Marck Espejo-led Blue Eagles back in the first round of Season 76.
“Yung mga pag-fall namin, mga downside namin, siya yung ginawa naming strength and motivation sa bawat isa from players up to coaching staff talagang nag-participate, nag-contribute. Dini-dedicate namin lahat sa mga mahal namin sa buhay,” added the mentor, whose wards were swept by Ateneo in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Finals last October.
FEU frustrated Ateneo’s hitters with solid net defense, scoring 10 kill blocks while pummeling the defense of the Blue Eagles with 37 attack points. The Tams also received 27 free points off Ateneo’s 27 errors.
Four-time Most Valuable Player and graduating hitter Espejo, bled for his 12 points. He scored all of his productions from attacks in 40 attempts. Espejo added 12 excellent receptions.
No other Blue Eagle scored in double figures with Karl Baysa limited to only seven points while Gian Glorioso had six.
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