UAAP Season 81: Josafat shines as UE upsets UST

Mark Escarlote on Mar 17, 2019 11:52 AM
UAAP Season 81: Josafat shines as UE upsets UST
Lloyd Josafat (No. 11) scored his biggest pair of kill blocks so far in UAAP Season 81 as University of the East stunned University of Sto. Tomas in a five-set upset win. (FILE PHOTO)

University of the East held on despite the furious late onslaught of University of Sto. Tomas in the fifth set as the Red Warriors waited for Lloyd Josafat to get back in front of the net in a crucial rotation.

Their patience paid dividends as the rookie middle blocker scored back-to-back kill blocks to complete UE’s huge upset win over the Tigers, 27-25, 24-26, 25-23, 18-25, 17-15, Sunday to end the first round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Josafat finished with 16 points off 11 attacks, four kill blocks and an ace to pace the Red Warriors in their second win in seven outings that arrested their five-game slump.        

"Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila na hangga't naglalaro pa kami, kaya naming manalo. Sinasabi ko sa kanila lagi na hindi ko kailangan ng individual play, kailangang maglaro tayo ng isang team," said UE coach Victor Turing.

UE gave the Espana-based squad a hard time the whole game and even held a 2-1 match lead. The Tigers were able to equalize to force a deciding frame.

The Red Warriors were able to take a 13-10 lead in the deciding frame but with Josafat out of the rotation, UST capitalized to move at match point. UE saved two match points as Josafat returned at the frontline.  

Josafat then made the Tigers pay by sending back red-hot Manuel Medina’s pair of attacks to seal the two-hour, 31-minute battle.     

"Hinihintay ko lang talagang pumasok si Lloyd (Josafat). Mas malaking factor sa amin si Lloyd kapag nasa loob kasi yung height advantage na yung labanan. Mas malaki yung blockings namin, para hindi pumasok yung bola sa amin. Mas may harang kami. Hinihintay ko lang na kapitan, makapasok lang si Lloyd, siguro ito sa amin ito," said Turing.

Rookie Al Abalon got 12 points while graduating hitter Clifford Inoferio posted 11 markers and 15 digs for the Red Warriors, who handed UST its second straight loss.

The Tigers slid to 3-4 slate in a disappointing first round showing.

Medina saw his 30-point explosion go down the drain while Jayvee Sumagaysay and Jed Tajanlangit finished with 17 and 12 markers, respectively, for UST, which threw away an atrocious 50 points off their errors.



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