MANILA, Philippines -- De La Salle University became the first team to enter the UAAP Season 84 men's beach volleyball Final Four as Noel Kampton and Vince Maglinao downed Adamson University's Francis Casas and Ned Pacquing, 21-14, 21-13, Sunday at Sands SM By The Bay.
The Green Spikers have won two straight and their fourth overall in five contests, a big improvement from their two-win season in 2019.
"To be honest po hindi namin expect na magiging ganito standing namin as in ang goal lang namin mag-focus at gawin mga pinapagawa nang coaches namin," said Kampton.
University of the Philippines' Dan Nicolas and Louis Gamban prevailed over Ateneo's Abai Llenos and Amil Pacinio, 21-15, 21-14, to arrest a three-match slide and keep its hopes alive for the remaining Final Four berth.
The Fighting Maroons improved to 2-3 while derailing the Blue Eagles' march to the semifinals.
Defending champion University of Santo Tomas and Season 82 third placer National University later joined De La Salle in the Final Four by completing a sweep of their Sunday matches.
The Tiger Spikers' Efraem Dimaculangan and Rancel Varga made short work of Far Eastern University, 21-14, 21-13, and Adamson, 21-9, 21-6, to extend their winning run to four games.
The Bulldogs' James Buytrago and Pol Salvador, for their part, also stretched their winning streak to four after topping Ateneo, 21-16, 21-17, and FEU, 21-16, 21-23.
The Tigers and the Bulldogs forced a three-way tie with the Green Spikers for the lead at 4-1 heading into the final day of eliminations on Friday.
Ateneo, which also lost to NU, 16-21, 17-21, in the morning session, ended its elimination round stint with an even 3-3 record.
The Tamaraws, who fielded Martin Bugaoan in lieu of Vincent Nadera to be paired with Jelord Talisayan, bowed out of Final Four contention with a 1-4 slate.
The Soaring Falcons, who replaced Pacquing for Aaron Mirador in their loss to the Tigers, remained winless in five matches.
Games on Friday starting at 9 a.m. will feature De La Salle against UST, UP versus FEU, and Adamson University and NU.