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UST settles for silver in men's volleyball as NU completes four-peat

1 min readThe Golden Spikers finished as silver medalists for the second straight year.
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Published about 2 months ago on May 15, 2024

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The Cinderella run ends at the hands of a dynasty.

Fourth-seeded UST Golden Spikers succumbed to the National University in four sets, 21-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-25, as the Bulldogs snagged their fourth straight UAAP Season 86 men's volleyball championship on May 15, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Golden Spikers, meanwhile, finished as silver medalists for the second straight year. They also became the first fourth seed to overcome a twice-to-win disadvantage in the Final Four round.

The Golden Spikers also lost via sweep in Season 85.

Season MVP and First Best Outside Hitter Josh Ybañez put up 24 points to lead UST while Gboy De Vega backed him up with 15 markers albeit for naught.

No other UST player scored double-digits in the game as JayRack Dela Noche added eight points on top of Sherwin Umandal's five-marker tally.

After exchanging leads early in the first set, NU zoomed in the final stretches, opening a four-point cushion late to take the opening win.

Tied at 20-all in the second set, the Golden Spikers then jumped to a 5-2 finishing burst to take their only set win of the game.

However, it was all the Bulldogs from there as the reigning champions broke away with double digit leads in the third and fourth cantos to seal the championship.

Nico Almendras delivered the championship point for the Bulldogs, hitting a down-the-line attack in the final play to finish off the Golden Spikers.

Almendras had 20 points, while Buds Buddin and Leo Aringo fired 28 and 22 markers, respectively, making up the trio of 20-point contributions from the Bulldogs.

Setter Joshua Retamar was named the Finals MVP, finishing his UAAP career with an unblemished 4-0 record in men's volleyball finals.

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Rob Andrew L. Dongiapon is a Sports Editor at TomasinoWeb. He is an avid fan of sports and competition. He also finds great entertainment in combat sports, He continues to strive to make this love of sports pay his future bills. Aside from studying journalism, he writes for Thunderous Intentions where he displays his unhealthy love of the Oklahoma City Thunder. When he is not writing, he probably is watching YouTube videos of how to take over the world.

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