Ateneo crushes UP
Games Tomorrow (The Arena, San Juan City) 8 a.m. – UST vs NU (men’s) 10 a.m. – CSB vs FEU (men’s) 4 p.m. – CSB vs UP (women’s) 6:30 p.m. – TIP vs UP (women’s)
There’s no stopping two-time defending champion Ateneo in the men’s division of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.
The Blue Eagles unleashed another all-around performance as they outclassed the University of the Philippines Maroons, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18, yesterday to remain unscathed at The Arena in San Juan City.
Banking on a formidable lineup, Ateneo went aggressive from start to finish to score its fifth consecutive victory in as many outings.
Gian Carlo Glorioso continued to impress by spearheading the squad anew with 13 points highlighted by seven blocks, while Marck Espejo displayed his wide experience and unloaded 12 points including nine attacks.
The Eagles overpowered the Maroons with their strong kills, 38-23, while providing a tough defensive wall at the net with 14 blocks compared to their rivals’ only four as they resume to establish themselves as the best men’s volleyball team in the country.
In the other game, De La Salle survived a grueling fourth set before it outlasted feisty San Beda, 25-16, 23-25, 25-16, 32-20, for its third win against two defeats.
Cris Dumago erupted with 23 points on 21 hits and two blocks for the Archers, while Raymark Woo and Arjay Onia chipped in 19 and 16 points, respectively.
San Beda dropped to 1-3 to tie with UP despite Earl Kenneth Gonzales and Jomaru Amagan conspiring for 27 points.
In women’s play, Adamson swept Technological Institute of the Philippines, 25-12, 25-14, 25-13, to remain unbeaten in Group B with a 3-0 card.
Skipper Jema Galanza bannered the Lady Falcons with 18 points, including 11 hits and six aces, while Mary Joy Dacoron added 12 points.
TIP, which struggled with only 19 team attacks, fell to 0-3.
Ateneo, likewise, improved to 2-1 after a 25-23, 25-20, 25-20 win over Lyceum.