MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo Blue Eagles bucked a one-set deficit to defeat the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws in four and forge a tie for second place in the UAAP Season 76 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.
Behind another solid performance from rookie sensation Marck Espejo, Ateneo rallied from a 0-1 set deficit and an 18-23 disadvantage in Set 2 to take a 23-25, 26-24, 25-19, and 25-21 victory.
The Ateneo rally in Set 2 took the winds out of FEU’s sails, and the Blue Eagles notched their seventh victory of the season against three losses.
The Blue Eagles and the Tamaraws are now tied in the league standings, just behind the defending champions National University (8-1).
Espejo led all scorers with 23 points, while Rex Intal added 11 for Ateneo.
Veteran Karl dela Calzada scored 15 for FEU.
In another game, the De La Salle Green Spikers outlasted the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tiger Spikers in five sets, 17-25, 26-24, 27-25, 20-25, and 15-9.
The win allowed La Salle to tie UST at fourth place with identical 4-6 records.
Red Christensen led La Salle with 17 points, while four other players scored in double-digits.
Mark Alfafara had a game-high 27 for UST.