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Tamaraw spikers keep unbeaten UAAP run

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Far Eastern University preserved its flawless record in the UAAP Season 86 Men’s Volleyball Tournament after sweeping University of the East, 25-22, 25-17, 25-15, Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Tamaraws now hold the momentary top spot at 3-0, their best start since 2018, with 2-0 University of Santo Tomas playing against De La Salle University as of posting time.

“Yes happy sa performance. Sa magandang nilalaro ng team, hopefully magdire-diretso lang,” said FEU head coach Eddieson Orcullo ahead of their matchup against UST next Sunday at 12 p.m.

The Tamaraws made sure to finish the game in straight sets by unleashing a strong finishing kick buoyed by second-stringer middle blockers Rey Sabanal and Jeff Abuniawan to turn a 17-14 close lead to a 25-15 for the match in just one hour and 25 minutes.

JJ Javelona was inserted in the starting lineup and delivered a game-high 13 points on 11 attacks and two blocks while Martin Bugaoan chipped in 11 points of his own.

“Nagpapasalamat din ako kay coach kasi kahit saan akong puwesto ilagay, nakakaya ko and nagaadjust talaga ako palagi. Ready talaga ako,” said Javelona.

Wing spikers Dryx Saavedra and Andrei Delicana added eight and seven points, respectively, as well in the win.

JP Mangahis tallied 10 points and 21 excellent receptions as the Red Warriors remained winless in three outings.

UE will open the day next Sunday against Adamson University at 10 a.m. still at the Pasay venue.

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