MANILA, Philippines – Defending champions University of Santo Thomas and National University on Friday secured double-losing slots for the final four after a strong finish on the last day of UAAP Season 84 men’s beach volleyball at Sands Bay. .
UST fielded two-time Southeast Asian Games bronze medalist Jarron Requinton to form a team with current MVP Ransel Verger as the pair defeated Noel Campton and Vince Maglinao of La Salle 21-10, 21-14.
The Tiger Spikers have won five of their six matches, but are second only to the Bulldogs, who lost their opener 12-21, 21-17, 15-12.
James Buitrago and Paul Salvador have won the NU No. 1 seed, dominating Francis Casas and Aaron Mirador of Adamson University, 21-9, 21-9.
The Bulldogs have also won five of their six matches, their only loss to the Green Spykers, 21-12, 15-21, 11-15.l, last week.
The twice-defeated NU will take on the University of the Philippines at 9am on Saturday, while UST and La Salle will meet at 10am.
The Bulldogs and Tigers need only one win to secure a place in Sunday’s title game. However, if the Fighting Maroons and the Green Archers win, a knockout match will be held in the afternoon.
UP’s Louis Gamban and Dan Nicholas defeated Abe Lenos and Emil Pacchinio of the playoffs for the last four tickets 21-12, 21-16.
The Fighting Maroons defeated Far Eastern University’s Gelard Talisayan and Martin Bugaon 21-16, 17-21, 19-17 to force the Blue Eagles to a 3-3 tie-break in the playoffs.
“This is for the entire UP team and the UP community. We are very happy because our goal is to reach the final four, “said Gamban. “We are going to face a big challenge tomorrow.”
FEU and Adamson finished their campaigns with records of 1-6 and 0-7, respectively.
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