UAAP Men’s Volleyball: UP stuns fancied La Salle six

University of the Philippines overcame La Salle’s twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four to arrange a title showdown with top ranked University of Santo Tomas in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s volleyball tournament.

The State U six entered the championship round after a 16-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-23 win Wednesday over the Green Archers at The Arena in San Juan.

Jan Paolo Martinez scored 22 points while Lloyd Belgado added 14 markers including eight blocks for the Fighting Maroons, who faces UST in a best-of-three finals which starts Sunday at The Arena.

Chris Macaset was the Green Archers’ lone double digit scorer with 27 points.

The Green Archers finished the eliminations with a 10-4 mark to obtain the twice-to-beat bonus but they were no match for the streaking Fighting Maroons, who had a 9-5 win-loss card entering the Final Four.

The game was tied at 19 in the fourth set but UP racked up five straight points as Michael Jordan Arda sent the game into match point.

La Salle looked to salvage the match with four consecutive points but Martinez ended the game with a hit.

UP forced a rubber match after a 25-18, 25-20, 25-22 win over La Salle on Sunday.

UST swept all of its 14 elimination round games and beat Ateneo over the weekend to enter the finals.

In the women’s side, top-seed e La Salle and defending champion Far Eastern University clash for the title starting on Sunday. – GMANews.TV

Notes: In Women’s Football, La Salle faces UST today in the finals. The Lady Archers, who finished on top with 20 points on six wins and two draws only need to win once to regain the title they last held in 2006.

The Men’s football team finished their campaign placing third with 14 points on four wins, two draws and two losses. FEU and UP will clash for the title with the Tamaraws having the twice-to-beat edge.

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