University of Santo Tomas grounded Adamson University back to earth with a sweep, 25-21, 25-20, 25-15, for its fifth consecutive win and seventh overall in the UAAP Season 85 Men’s Volleyball tournament on Saturday, Mar. 25, at the FilOil EcoOil Centre in San Juan.
Josh Ybañez and Lorenz Señoron steered the Golden Spikers in the third and final frame for the sweep and a 7-1 win-loss record.
John Dedoroy then closed the match on back-to-back kills and a block.
It was GBoy De Vega’s all-around game all throughout the one-hour-and-16-minute work that did it for UST, who remained in solo second.
The opposite hitter ended with 12 points on eight attacks, three blocks, and one service ace, to go with five excellent receptions.
“I am satisfied now because we won in straight sets, because remember in the first round, we had a nightmare five-setter. Then, on the game plan, although there were still errors, they are following directions so I am happy,” the visibly elated coach Odjie Mamon said.
UST shook off the comeback attempts from Adamson in the first two sets to set up the win with De Vega leading the way.
The Golden Spikers also handled the Soaring Falcons’ personnel changes, sticking to their service game and net defense to eventually pull off the 2-0 advantage.
Señoron, who played in lieu of Jayrack Dela Noche for this game, ended with nine points, all coming from attacks, while birthday boy Ybañez also finished with nine spikes to go with his four digs.
UST will try to extend the winning streak on Wednesday against the University of the East at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
For the Soaring Falcons, who slipped to 1-7, Leo Coguimbal and Francis Casas kept their squad in some stretches of the match with five points each.
Casas also added four digs and six excellent receptions.
Adamson University will face Ateneo de Manila University on Saturday at the SMART Araneta Coliseum to try and regain its winning touch.