UAAP Season 81: Ateneo, Adamson strengthen twice-to-beat bids
Mark Escarlote on Apr 13, 2019 01:10 PM
Ateneo de Manila University fueled its bid for a semis twice-to-beat advantage after a four-set win over University of the East.
Ateneo de Manila University and Adamson University surrendered a set each before taking down their respective also-ran foes on Saturday to boost their bids for a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.
The troika of Tony Koyfman, Ron Medalla and Gian Glorioso finished in double figures to lead the Blue Eagles to a 25-20, 25-12, 27-29, 25-15, win over University of the East for a 9-4 win-loss card.
Koyfman finished with 17 points off 12 attacks, four kill blocks and an ace for Ateneo, which rained down 50 spike points behind Lawrence Magadia’s 25 excellent sets. Medalla had 12 markers, all from attacks, while Glorioso finished with 11 points for the Blue Eagles, who received 37 free points off the Red Warriors’ errors.
John Rivera got nine points and 11 excellent receptions for Ateneo.
Meanwhile, the Falcons tied the Blue Eagles at third to fourth spot with a 25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19, victory over De La Salle University.
Skipper Paolo Pablico had 18 points, Leo Miranda finished with 13 markers, 13 digs and 17 excellent receptions while George Labang posted 10 points for Adamson, which posted 56 attacks sparked by Carlo Jimenez’s 35 excellent sets.
Ateneo and Adamson will face each other at the close of the elimination round on April 28.
In case defending champion National University (10-1) and Far Eastern University (9-2) reach 11 wins, both squads will lock the Final Four advantage. The Blue Eagles and Falcons can force a playoff for a twice-to-beat advantage if there will be a tie at 10-4.
UE dropped to 2-11 slate while DLSU slid to 4-8 slate tied with idle University of Sto. Tomas.
Noel Alba led the Red Warriors with 11 points while Cris Dumago and Billie Anima scored 18 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Green Spikers.
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