The Ateneo De Manila University men’s volleyball team advanced to its first ever finals stint in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines after beating the Far Eastern University Tamaraws Saturday, February 22.
It took five sets and more than two hours but in the end Ateneo beat FEU 23-25, 19-25, 25-17, 28-26, 15-13 during the UAAP Men’s Volleyball semifinals at The Arena in San Juan.
Ateneo setter Esmilzo Polvorosa orchestrated his team’s offense masterfully with 38 excellent sets out of 99 attempts setting up spikers Marck Jesus Espejo and Rex Emmanuel Intal. Espejo and Intal led the Ateneo attack with 24 and 19 points, respectively.
Team captain Ysrael Wilson Marasigan chipped in 11 points the same output of Joshua Alexis Miguel Villanueva.
Meanwhile, the Ateneo women’s volleyball team continued its quest for another Finals stint after eliminating Adamson University, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21, in the first stepladder semifinals match last night in the UAAP Season 76 women’s volleyball tournament at the The Arena in San Juan.
Alyssa Valdez hammered 19 points, but it was rookie Michelle Morente and Ella De Jesus who carried the fight when it mattered most for the Lady Eagles.
Morente scored the game-deciding spike to finish with 12 markers while the pint-sized de Jesus added 11 crucial points, including the go-ahead spike which broke the game’s last deadlock at 20-20.
Ateneo will battle the second-ranked National University Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday, with NU holding a twice-to-beat incentive.
In her last game for the Lady Falcons, Sheila Pineda displayed her all-around consistency with 12 points and 10 digs.
Games Wednesday, February 26
The Arena in San Juan
2 p.m. – National University versus Adamson University (men semifinals)
4 p.m. – National University versus Ateneo (women semifinals)