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Babon, Espenida power UE conquest of UST in UAAP Boys’ Volleyball


The University of the East remained unscathed, while the National University-Nazareth School continued their uphill climb with their third straight win in the UAAP Season 82 Boys’ Volleyball tournament at Paco Arena Saturday.

The Junior Red Warriors outlasted the University of Santo Tomas, 25-16, 22-25, 29-27, 25-12. Meanwhile, the Bullpups made quick work of Ateneo, 25-11, 25-16, 25-14.

In the other match, the Adamson University out-muscled the De La Salle-Zobel, 25-20, 25-21, 28-26, for their  first win.

Captain Francis Babon registered 17 points while Joshua Espenida punched in 16 spikes. UE extended its perfect run to four matches.

“Ang sabi ko sa kanila noong third set, noong naghahabol kami, hanggang maaari tibayan nila yung dibdib nila pagdating ng crucial point,” said UE coach Raffy Monsuela.

The Junior Warriors started the fourth frame firing with a 12-4 lead to pull away for good after the Tiger Cubs were able to get a lifeline by winning the third set behind Giles Torres.

Gerard Narciso had 14 markers for UST. Paul Colinares and Jay Dela Noche each delivered 10 hits.

Knotted at 7-7 in the third set, the Bullpups put together a 14-4 blitz to put the game out of reach and continue their rise from a 0-2 start.

Michaelo Buddin tallied a game-high 11 points built on seven attacks, three aces, and a block for NU.

The Blue Eagles were led by Amil Pacinio’s nine points. They fell to sixth place with a 1-4 record.

Jefferson Marapoc’s block and an attack error from Junior Green Spiker Enrique Aranton sealed the Baby Falcons’ first win in after dropping their four games.

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“Masarap sa feeling na maka-isa para makadere-derecho na ang panalo namin. Yun lang naman ang sabi ko sa mga bata eh,” Adamson University coach Marvin Ramoso said.

Marapoc spearheaded the Baby Falcons with 16 points on 13 spikes, two blocks, and an ace laced with 15 excellent receptions. Evander Novillo poured in 11 markers.

Andre Espejo had a game-high 17 points for De La Salle-Zobel.

Action resumes with a triple-header on Wednesday at the same venue.

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