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Medalla, Rivera bombard Adamson as Ateneo claims third seed

The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles set up a heated Final Four bracket after clinching the third seed with a win over the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 25-23, 30-28, 25-19, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Blue Eagles finish the elimination round with a 10-4 record, and will meet twice-to-beat Far Eastern University in the Final Four. Ateneo split the season series with the Tamaraws.

Adamson fell to the fourth seed with a 9-5 card. They will face the red-hot defending champions NU Bulldogs, who hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

The first set was close, with Ateneo pulling away after later errors from Adamson and a clutch hit from Ron Medalla. The second frame was much closer as Medalla again featured in the clutch, powering in back-to-back kills to close the set. Ateneo then overwhelmed Adamson in the third set, building a 22-17 lead off terrific blocking and never looking back.

“Importante sa amin na tapusin ‘yung eliminations with a win and head into the Final Four on a positive note,” pointed out Ateneo head coach Timothy Sto Tomas.

“Regardless sa makakalaban namin in the Final Four, we needed to win so tuloy-tuloy lang ‘yung momentum namin and execution,” the first-year head coach added.

Medalla finished with 17 points, while fellow open hitter Janjan Rivera added 16. Tony Koyfman tallied 14 markers.

George Labang was the lone Falcon in double-digits with 11 points. Mark Alvarez, Leo Miranda, and Pao Pablico each managed eight points.

The Scores

ADMU (3) – Medalla 17, Rivera 16, Koyfman 14, Njigha 9, Glorioso 7, Magadia 1, Aguilar 0, Cuerva 0, Morado 0, Sumanguid (L)

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AdU (0) – Labang 11, Alvarez 8, Miranda 8, Pablico 8, Alicando 6, Jimenez 3, Nuguid 0, Valdez (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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