BIÑAN CITY — University of the Philippines (UP) and Far Eastern University (FEU) avoided upset ax to pluck their second victory in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam Saturday at the Alonte Sports Center here.
The Lady Maroons suffered a second-set meltdown, but recovered just in time to pull off a 25-6, 21-25, 25-16, 25-22 victory over Colegio San Agustin (CSA)-Binan while the Lady Tamaraws brushed off a first-set scare to tally a 25-21, 25-16, 25-11 win over De La Salle University-Dasmariñas.
Rookie Nicole Magsarile shone with 15 points built on 12 attacks and three aces while fourth year Justin Dorog dropped 14 hits for UP, which claimed its second win in this prestigious collegiate tourney.
Aie Gannaban and Marist Layug also chipped in 11 and 10 hits, respectively, while skipper Tits Carlos had nine points laced with 10 digs to underscore the Lady Maroons fluid, well-balanced offensive execution.
Still, UP coach Godfrey Okumu was far from satisfied.
“They (Eagles) played good volleyball,” he said following the thrilling battle that serves as an appetizer before the University Athletic Association of the Philippines women’s volleyball tourney early next year.
After being limited to only six points in the first set, the Eagles drew strength from their home crowd as they erected a 20-13 lead in the second set.