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Golden Spikers dominate Fighting Maroons to edge closer to Final Four spot

1 min readThe Golden Spikers remained in fourth, closing in on a spot in the Final Four with a 7-4 record.
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Published about 1 month ago on April 10, 2024

by Johann Coronel

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The UST Golden Spikers delivered a straight-set thrashing of the UP Fighting Maroons, 25-13, 25-22, 25-21, to extend their winning streak to three in the UAAP Season 86 men's volleyball tournament on Wednesday, April 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Josh Ybañez led the Golden Spikers with 23 points built on 21 attacks and two service aces, followed by GBoy De Vega who notched 12 points for the Golden Spikers. UST zoomed to a 10-2 run midway through the opening set to leave UP in the dust, 23-12 before a service error from UP’s Louis Gamban secured the first set for UST, 25-13.

UP chipped away a five-point deficit early into the second salvo through Gamban's hits to bring the Golden Spikers lead down to two, 13-11.

A kill from Sherwin Umandal followed by two consecutive attacks from De Vega allowed UST to ultimately pull away from the Diliman-based squad and win the second set, 25-22.

After the Fighting Maroons led the Tigers by two,11-13, UST uncorked a 7-1 run for a four-point cushion, 18-14.

Jay Rack De La Noche secured match point through a kill while Kenneth Salvador delivered the finishing blow for UST, 25-21.

Angelo Lagando led the Fighting Maroons with 12 points followed by Jaivee Malabanan who mustered 10 points in the losing effort.

The Golden Spikers remained in fourth, closing in on a spot in the Final Four with a 7-4 record.

UST will face the FEU Tamaraws on Saturday, April 13, at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

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Johann Coronel is a sports writer for TomasinoWeb and a sophomore journalism student from the Faculty of Arts and Letters. His obsession with different kinds of sports has given him the courage to explore the world of writing, and tell the world about the beauty of sports. Although currently practicing as a writer, Johann also has aspirations of being a professional tennis player or a sports analyst one day. When he is not writing or studying, he is constantly training and playing tennis. He also loves to watch clips of his idols like Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz in hopes of beating them someday. Apart from playing tennis, Johann also loves playing video games, and traveling. From time to time, he also wonders how he can be a TOPGUN pilot.

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