Marck Espejo of Ateneo de Manila dropped 19 points in a sweep of Far Eastern University.
Three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila picked up from where it left off in the opening round extending its winning streak to eight with a repeat win over Far Eastern University, 25-16, 25-9, 25-18, Wednesday to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four spot in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Three-time Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo played his usual game, uncorking 14 kills with a pair of kill blocks and three aces for 19 points to lead the league-leading and still unbeaten Blue Eagles, which swept the Tamaraws in their two elims showdowns.
Skipper Karl Baysa added 13 points while Josh Villanueva, Toni Koyfman and Rex Intal all scored six points in a balanced offensive outing orchestrated by Ish Polvorosa’s 34 excellent sets.
“I’m happy na my players performed well today,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “Unang-una we prepared din naman kasi talaga kasi alam naman natin na ang FEU two losses lang sila, NU and Ateneo (sa first round) lang. So we cannot take them for granted. Good thing ang mga players ko were just prepared coming to this game.”
“Nagkagulatan eh. We thought Saturday pa ang game pero may game na ngayon so I guess ready naman ang mga bata,” he added. “My players came in prepared.”
The Tams saw their two-game winning run hit a dead end to fall to 5-3 slate.
Greg Dolor was limited to seven points while Peter Quiel had five for FEU, which committed 21 errors and without a service ace.