UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Ateneo seeks sixth straight win to end the first round

Mark Escarlote on Mar 02, 2018 04:51 PM
Ateneo seeks sixth straight win to end the first round
Four-peat-seeking Ateneo de Manila University will try to carry its winning run into the second round as the Blue Eagles face De La Salle University at the end of the first half of eliminations.

After starting its campaign on a sour note, three-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University looks headed into the second half of the 80th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament with an active winning streak.

The Blue Eagles will be riding the crest of their blistering five-game rampage after an opening day setback against Far Eastern University on their return to the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.

Standing in the way of Ateneo is De La Salle University in the 10:00 a.m. tussle that will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.

The Blue Eagles, who in the season-opener bowed down in straight sets to FEU and ended a 30-game winning streak, are on a three-way tie at first to third spots fashioning a 5-1 win-loss slate with the Tamaraws and archrival National University.

Four-time Most Valuable Player and recently-awarded Philippine Sportswriters Association’s Mr. Volleyball Marck Espejo unleashed a season-best 30 points to power the Katipunan-based squad to a 25-21, 23-25, 27-25, 25-21 victory over University of the Philippines Sunday.

The Blue Eagles will face a squad that is coming off back-to-back victories.

DLSU is tied with University of Sto. Tomas at fourth to fifth spots with an even 3-3 slate. The Green Spikers defeated University of the East in four sets before taking down Adamson University, 25-20, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, last Saturday.

Meanwhile, FEU and UST collide at 8:00 a.m.

The game will air live on LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.

The Tams are out to rebound from its first setback of the season brought by the Bulldogs, 25-22, 20-25, 16-25, 17-25, on Wednesday while the Tigers are on a two-game slump including a sorry, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 12-15, loss to University of the Philippines.

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