Ateneo poured salt to a recent wound it beforehand dealt to rival La Salle because the Blue Eagles drew first blood of their semifinal matchup within the males’s V-League Collegiate Problem on Wednesday in entrance of a crowd-filled Paco Enviornment in Manila.
However the Blue Eagles’ first semis win didn’t go as easily as their first encounter with the Inexperienced Spikers, the place Ateneo made quick work of La Salle with a three-set sweep on Sunday within the last conflict of the lads’s elimination stage.
“[The Blue Eagles’] composure confirmed particularly from a really dangerous fourth set after which we have been in a position to shut out the fifth set correctly, someway … they have been in a position to refocus and compose themselves to get the win,” Ateneo coach Timothy Sto. Tomas mentioned after his wards took an necessary step within the playoffs by clinching a 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 14-25, 15-11 triumph.
Neither of the groups had it straightforward within the neck-and-neck conflict with each groups simply pacifying one another’s scoring–one group solely gaining a single digit benefit over the opposite for almost all of the sport.
Nonetheless, La Salle, who had two days to plot its revenge in opposition to its archrival, led by 11 at one level by shutting down its foe with glorious web protection and flooring protection within the fourth set.
Being on the receiving finish of a closeout was an unfamiliar place for Ateneo, however with Sto. Tomas urging his squad to by no means let up, the Blue Eagles regained their footing to beat the Taft-based Spikers.
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