UAAP Season 81: Maroons, Green Spikers upset foes
Mark Escarlote on Mar 24, 2019 02:20 PM
De La Salle University added more woes to a suddenly-skidding University of Sto. Tomas in a four-set upset win.
ANTIPOLO CITY --- The UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament’s first out of town visit turned out to be a day of upsets as University of the Philippines and De La Salle University downed their respective foes Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center here.
UP gifted new coach Rald Ricafort a debut win, 25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11, in the curtain-raiser to snap a seven-game slide.
The Fighting Maroons, who parted ways with Hans Chuacuco after a dismal first round, tasted their first win in eight starts but remained at the bottom of the standings.
John Millete hammered 19 kills for 22 points while adding 13 digs for UP, which exacted revenge on its first round tormentor. Nico Consuelo and Jerry San Pedro added 14 markers each while Ruskin Ijiran had nine points for the Fighting Maroons.
"'Yung struggle namin noong first round, marami kasing factors 'yun. 'Yung motivation naman ng players na makakuha ng isang panalo muna, hindi naman nawala," said Ricafort. "May maliliit lang na detalye na kailangan ayusin. Nag-click naman, wala akong naging problema sa adjustments. Marami pa ring lapses ngayon, pero naka-swerte naman kahit papaano."
The Red Warriors dropped to 2-6 slate despite the 21-point effort of Clifford Inoferio.
Lloyd Josafat and Noel Alba had 16 and 13 markers, respectively, while Aljohn Abalon posted 10 points for UE.
Meanwhile, the Green Spikers added more woes to a suddenly-skidding University of Sto. Tomas, 27-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, in the second game.
DLSU improved to 3-5 card in its revenge win behind Cris Dumago’s 18 points. Billie Anima had 12 markers while John David Delos Reyes and Geraint Bacon scored 10 points each for the Green Spikers.
The Tigers absorbed their third straight loss to fall to 3-5 slate tied with their tormentors.
Joshua Umandal returned after skipping UST’s sorry loss to UE to end the first round because of a minor knee injury but even his 21-point effort wasn’t enough to save the Tigers.
Manuel Medina and Jayvee Sumagaysay registered 14 and 10 markers, respectively, in a lost cause.
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