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    Philip Bagalay, John Cuzon give Mapua first NCAA beach volley title with quick win over Perpetual's Taneo brothers

    Feb 14, 2016
    Mapua completes rise from fourth seed in stepladder semifinals to NCAA champions. 

    MAPUA’S Philip Michael Bagalay and John Cuzon eked out a shock 21-19, 21-18 win over fancied Relan and Rey Taneo, Jr. of Perpetual Help on Sunday to clinch the men's title in the 91st NCAA beach volleyball tournament at the Boardwalk in Subic.

    Bagalay and Cuzon gave Mapua its first ever championship since the sport was included in the NCAA program 14 seasons ago.

    Making it to the stepladder semifinals as the No. 4 seed, Bagalay and Cuzon didn't flinch and downed No. 3 Lyceum, 21-12, 21-16.

    The Mapua duo them edged No. 2 Emilio Aguinaldo College, 18-21, 21-18, 15-11, to set up the title match with Perpetual Help.

    Bagalay and Cuzon rode the momentum and overcame the heavily-favored Taneos, who made it straight to the finals by sweeping the elimination round with nine victories.

    "It was unexpected, we were surprised ourselves," said Bagalay.

    "Entering the semis, we just decided to get respect and represent the school well."

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    The Taneos were looking to claim a second crown in a month after helping Perpetual Help claim the indoor volleyball title.

    San Sebastian shocked last year's titlist EAC, 20-22, 21-19, 15-13, to capture the high school crown.

    It was the Junior Stags’ second title in the division after they also reigned supreme eight seasons ago.

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