Ate­neo crushes UP

Manila Bulletin - - Mindanao News - By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

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.

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