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    Ateneo edges NU in four to complete 13-match sweep of Spikers Turf Collegiate Conference

    Sep 27, 2015

    ATENEO edged National University, 25-23, 25-21, 38-40, 25-19, on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan to complete a 13-match sweep of the Spikers’ Turf Collegiate Conference.

    Conference and Finals Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo scored 24 points from 18 spikes, three blocks and three service aces.

    “Hindi ko naman kinuha ’yun para sa sarili ko and hindi ko makukuha ’yun kung ’di dahil sa teammates ko and kay coach siguro ’yung lahat ng nakukuha kong reward para sa team talaga ’yun,” said Espejo.

    Ateneo lost five match points in the third set, which lasted 43 minutes, but made sure to seal the win in the fourth.

    “I guess 13 is a lucky number for us,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro.

    “Malaking bagay ’yun na na-sweep namin ’yung Spikers Turf and it’s the inaugural season of Spikers’ Turf so I guess we made history,” he added, although he noted the team is now focusing on the UAAP tournaments.

    “Anyway ’yung history na ‘yan tapos na ‘yan so move on na kami UAAP naman,” he said.

    The UAAP beach volleyball tournament starts in two weeks and the indoor event starts in February.

    Ateneo lost five match points in the third set, which lasted 43 minutes, but made sure to seal the win in the fourth.

    “I’m proud with my players ‘cause they’re very resilient. After the third set alam nila na kailangan nila makabalik right away,” said Almadro.

    “Hindi naman natin pwedeng sabihin lahat yun mapapanalo mo meron pa rin law of averages,” said Almadro.

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    Rex Intal also had 16 points, Joshua Villanueva scored 12 and Ysay Marasigan had 11 markers.

    Bryan Bagunas scored 22 points, Madzlan Gampong added 15 and James Natividad had 12 markers for the Bulldogs.

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