UAAP VOLLEYBALL: I live and die with my partner -- Polvorosa
Mark Escarlote on Apr 25, 2018 06:55 PM
Sobrang laki ng tiwala ko kay Marck and every time naman he delivers -- Ateneo de Manila University setter Ish Polvorosa on partner Marck Espejo
Three-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University setter Ish Polvorosa will ‘live and die’ with his most trusted spiker: four-time Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo.
Faced with great adversity and overwhelming odds in the Season 80 UAAP men’s volleyball Final Four, the duo delivered probably one of the best setter-hitter connections in league history.
In another great display of teamwork, Espejo and Polvorosa led the Blue Eagles to a 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18, victory in the do-or-die semis match to knockout the twice-to-beat Far Eastern University on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
In the series, the four-time Best Setter Polvorosa averaged 9.4 excellent sets per frame with most of his setups centered on Espejo, who was just unstoppable.
“Actually game plan namin ni coach Oliver (Almadro), ang mantra namin the past two games ‘I live and die with my partner’ and that’s Marck Espejo,” said Polvorosa, who tallied 40 excellent sets in the winner-take-all duel.
Espejo averaged 46 points per game in the semis highlighted by a 55-point performance in a five-set victory in Game 1.
“Wala tried and tested naman na talaga si Marck alam naman namin na magpo-produce at magpo-produce siya every time,” said Polvorosa. “So ‘yung tiwala rin talaga with my teammate nandoon din talaga. Sobrang laki ng tiwala ko kay Marck and every time naman he delivers.”
Ateneo’s 1-2 punch will have their last dance starting Saturday in the best-of-three Finals against archrival National University.
“Papunta sa Finals, kasi 'yung ibang mga starter namin puro bata. And kami, si Ish, ako, si Karl (Baysa), kami 'yung naka-feel from first year naman, nakapag-Finals na, hanggang huli nakapag-Finals na,” said Espejo. “Siguro kailangan lang namin 'yung tamang motivation sa kanila.”
“Basta alam ko, kaya namin ito,” he added.
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