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UAAP 84: NU’s Buytrago-Salvador outlasts UST as La Salle, Ateneo take early lead


National University’s James Buytrago and Pol Salvador overcame University of Santo Tomas’ Efraem Dimaculangan and Rancel Varga, 12-21, 21-17, 15-12, in an exciting opening day duel of fancied teams in the UAAP men’s beach volleyball tournament at Sands SM By The Bay Friday.

After the three-peat-seeking Tiger Spikers grabbed the opening set, the Bulldogs finally got in the groove in the second to force a decider.

UST was ahead, 8-5, in the third when Salvador’s kill jumpstarted NU’s 5-0 run to take a 10-8 advantage, setting the stage for a thrilling ending.

Dimaculangan’s block forced the match’s final deadlock at 11-11 when reigning MVP Varga committed a service error on the next rally followed by a Buytrago spike and a huge block on Dimaculangan to put the Bulldogs on the cusp of victory.

The Tigers were able to save a match point courtesy of a Dimaculangan kill when Salvador closed out the contest with a spike.

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It was a morale-boosting win for NU after opening the season with a shock loss to De La Salle’s Noel Kampton and Vince Maglinao, 21-12, 15-21, 11-15.

The Bulldogs improved to 1-1.

Two-time Southeast Asian Games bronze medalist Jaron Requinton is the Tigers’ third player and can be elevated anytime in the tournament.

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Ateneo’s Abai Llenos and Amil Pacinio bested Far Eastern University’s Jelord Talisayan and Vincent Nadera, 21-15, 21-15, and Adamson University’s Ned Pacquing and Francis Casas, 21-19, 21-14, for perfect 2-0 record.

It was a massive turnaround for the Blue Eagles, who were winless in the league’s most recent competition in 2019.

De La Salle also went 2-0 following a 21-19, 21-11 romp of University of the Philippines’ Daniel Nicolas and Louis Gamban.

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The Fighting Maroons, who scored a 21-15, 21-11 win over the Falcons in the morning session, dropped to 1-1.

Action resumes at 9:00 AM Saturday with FEU-Adamson, UST-UP, and Ateneo-De La Salle in the morning session; then NU-UP, FEU-De La Salle, and UST-Ateneo in afternoon play starting at 1:00 PM.

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