UAAP Season 81: Blue Eagles, Tams eye back-to-back wins
Mark Escarlote on Feb 19, 2019 05:15 PM
Ateneo de Manila University hunts for its second straight win.
Opening day winners Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern University look to keep their hold of the early lead as they take on separate foes in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Blue Eagles will march first inside the court against University of Sto. Tomas at 8:00 a.m. before the Tamaraws’ 10:00 a.m. meeting with University of the Philippines.
Both games will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream.
After skipping last year’s action, Season 79 Finals MVP Tony Koyfman announced his return by pouring 15 points in Ateneo’s 25-23, 25-22, 25-15, rout of De La Salle University on Sunday.
The victory gave the Blue Eagles a morale boost in as they face the post-Marck Espejo era under new coach Timmy Sto. Tomas.
“(The win) is a morale-booster for the team especially with people saying, ‘na since wala na si Marck (Espejo), wala na si Ish (Polvorosa) paano na. How will score? How will you get points?’ Eventually, ngayon I was able to instill to them that this time it will be a collective effort,” said Sto. Tomas.
The Tigers, on the other hand, absorbed a sorry 31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 15-25, 14-16, loss against Adamson University on Sunday.
Meanwhile, FEU shocked repeat-seeking National University with an emphatic, 25-12, 25-18, 25-17, win to open its campaign Saturday.
The Tams will face an opponent coming off a painful five-set upset loss to University of the East but head coach Rey Diaz remains wary of the Fighting Maroons ability to bounceback.
“Hindi pwedeng mag-relax. Kung paano kami naghanda sa champion team ganoon din ang paghahanda namin sa ibang teams. Lahat ng teams sa UAAP dapat pinaghahandaan,” he said.
UP suffered a 25-20, 10-25, 22-25, 21-25, loss at the hands of the Red Warriors, who snapped their two-year, 20-game losing streak.
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