Ending the round the way they started it, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws stayed on top of the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Volleyball tournament heap after thumping the De La Salle University Green Spikers, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
FEU maintain a perfect record at 7-0. They remain on-track for an elimination round sweep and an outright Finals berth. Still, head coach Rey Diaz insisted that his Tamaraws are far from perfect form.
“Ang naging maganda sa team is ‘yung composure and teamwork. Iba rin ‘yung eagerness ng team, coaches, and supporters,” said Diaz.
“Perfect man ‘yung standing mo, pero ang dami pa rin naming kulang. Kailangan maayos pa namin ‘yun,” the youthful head coach added.
The Tamaraws dominated each set, building big leads thanks to their unrelenting floor and net defense. FEU generated 12 points combined from blocks and aces. Meanwhile, La Salle managed just three points from both categories.
Middle blocker JP Bugaoan topped all scorers with 16 points, while Jude Garcia added 11 markers.
No Green Spiker scored in double-digits as Cris Dumago and JD Delos Reyes managed nine and eight points apiece.
La Salle finish the first round with a 2-5 card.
FEU (3) – Bugaoan 16, Garcia 11, Solis 9, Quiel 7, Paler 6, Calado 1, Silang 1, Suarez 1, Fernandez 0, Padon 0, Barrica (L), Lorenzo (L)
DLSU (0) – Dumago 9, Delos Reyes 8, Bacon 8, Anima 7, Reyes 6, Marco 2, De Jesus 0, Inocentes 0, Llige 0, Macaspac (L)
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