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UAAP 86 Beach Volleyball: UST’s Varga-Gupiteo duo continue to dominate


Men’s titleholders University of Santo Tomas improved to 3-0 and has yet to drop a set in the season after reigning MVP Rancel Varga and Alche Gupiteo swept Far Eastern University’s Vincent Nadera and JJ Javelona, 21-19, 21-14, Saturday in the UAAP Season 86 beach volleyball tournament at Sands SM By The Bay.

National University also remained perfect at 3-0, but James Buytrago and Alex Iraya had to recover from a opening set defeat to outlast Ateneo’s Jian Salarzon and Amil Pacinio, 17-21, 21-14, 15-8.

UP and De La Salle moved up to 2-1 after Christian Pitogo and Gelo Lipata beat University of the East’s Jake Abria and Allen Buensalida, 21-18, 21-18, and Andre Espejo and Vince Maglinao made short work of Adamson University’s Francis Casas and Dan Gutierrez, 21-13, 21-12.

Salarzon and Pacinio, who defeated Casas and Gutierrez, 21-10, 21-13, to enter the win column, fell to 1-2.

The Tamaraws barged into the win column after repulsing the Red Warriors, 21-12, 21-8, in the afternoon session.

Adamson University and UE are the remaining winless teams at 0-3.

Action in men’s resumes on Sunday at 10 a.m. for the morning session and 3:30 p.m. for the two afternoon matches.

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