Far Eastern University and Ateneo claimed the two remaining Final Four berths in the men’s division of the UAAP beach volleyball tournament on Saturday at Sands SM By The Bay.
Vincent Nadera and Martin Bugaoan rallied from a set down to beat University of the Philippines’ Dan Nicolas and Erl Eusebio, 18-21, 24-22, 15-9, and withstood a tough stand from De La Salle’s Noel Kampton and Vince Maglinao in the first set to score a 22-20, 21-12 victory, giving the Tamaraws a 4-2 record.
Jian Salarzon and Amil Pacinio gave the Blue Eagles their fourth win earlier in the day by sweeping Kampton and Maglinao, 21-15, 21-16. Ateneo settled for a 4-2 card after Salarzon and Pacinio bowed to NU’s James Buytrago and Pol Salvador, 14-21, 11-21.
Reigning three-time men’s champion University of Santo Tomas remained perfect as Jaron Requinton and Rancel Varga made short work of University of the East’s Jake Abria and Allen Buensalida, 21-8, 21-4.
The Growling Tigers and the Bulldogs are now tied at 6-0 heading into Sunday’s match-up that will determine their final ranking in the eliminations.
In the other men’s morning match, UP’s Nicolas and Eusebio topped Adamson University’s Francis Casas and Evander Novillo, 21-12, 21-12.
The final day of eliminations is set Sunday morning.