MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo de Manila University and Adamson University extended their respective winning streaks in the UAAP Season 81 men's volleyball tournament on Saturday, and stayed in contention for a twice-to-beat edge in the Final 4.
The Soaring Falcons topped De La Salle University, 25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19, for their fifth win in a row that hiked their record to 9-4.
Pao Pablico had 18 points, Leo Miranda added 13, and George Labang Jr. scored 10 markers as the Falcons overcame a second set loss to down the Green Spikers in an hour and 42 minutes.
Adamson overwhelmed La Salle on offense, putting up 56 kills while getting 31 free points off the Green Spikers' errors.
Cris Dumago had 18 points in a losing effort for La Salle.
Ateneo, meanwhile, also improved to 9-4 after defeating University of the East, 25-20, 25-12, 27-29, 25-15. It was their third win in a row.
Tony Koyfman scored 17 points, and Ron Medalla added 11 as the Blue Eagles kept in step with the Soaring Falcons in the league standings.
Ateneo and Adamson will play each other in their last game of the elimination round on April 28.
The winner of that crucial match can head into the Final 4 with a twice-to-beat edge, provided that second-running Far Eastern University (9-2) loses at least two of its last three assignments.
For the Blue Eagles, they are just focusing on their remaining elimination round game.
"We'd love to have the second seed, but that's pretty much out of our hands," said Koyfman. "For now, we just want to focus on getting better on the way to the Final Four. We have to really limit our errors and sharpen the rest of our skills."
Noel Alba led UE with 11 points, as the Red Warriors dropped to 2-11 in the tournament.
La Salle, for its part, is now at 4-8.
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