UAAP Season 81: Blue Eagles, Falcons solidify semis berth bids
Mark Escarlote on Apr 06, 2019 01:08 PM
Ateneo de Manila University stepped closer to a Final Four seat after beating University of the Philippines in four sets.
Ateneo de Manila University moved closer to a Final Four berth after taking down University of the Philippines, 25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.
Ron Medalla displayed his scoring prowess with 21 points he collected from 15 spikes, four aces and a pair of kill blocks to lead the Blue Eagles, who improved to 7-4 win-loss record.
John Rivera played an all-around game to back Medalla with 15 points with all but one coming off attacks and spiked his stats with 24 excellent receptions and 15 digs for Ateneo. Gian Glorioso and Chumason Njigha had 14 markers each while Tony Koyfman chipped in with 12 for the Katipunan-based squad, which pounded 60 kills behind 41 excellent sets tallied by Lawrence Magadia.
The Fighting Maroons absorbed their 10th loss in 11 outings.
John Millete had 15 markers while Jerry San Pedro got 11 for UP.
Meanwhile, Adamson University came back from two sets down to frustrate University of Sto. Tomas, 20-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-14, 15-9, and join the Blue Eagles at third to fourth with 7-4 slate.
Skipper Paolo Pablico fired 23 points with 21 coming off spikes while Leo Miranda and George Labang registered 17 and 15 points, respectively, for the Falcons, who snatched their second straight five-set victory.
After surrendering the first two frames, Adamson found its rhythm just in time to fight its way back into the game. With momentum on its side, the Falcons dominated the deciding frame to take the fight out of the Tigers, who gave away 34 points on errors.
UST slid to 4-7 slate and was pushed to a precarious position in the race for the last three Final Four berths.
Manuel Medina had 15 points while Joshua Umandal scored all of his 14 markers from attacks for the Tigers. Rookie Jaron Requinton got 13 points for UST.
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