(March 5) — UP Men’s Volleyball Team started their UAAP Season 82 Volleyball Tournament campaign with a straight set win over the Ateneo de Manila University, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) on Mar. 4.
The Fighting Maroons dominated and took full control of the game with its quick plays in the middle and drew solid performances from rookies Louis Gamban and John Lomibao.
Gamban, the rookie out of University of Perpetual Help, wowed the crowd with his leaping ability and powerful attacks. His swag after each point drew wild cheers from the spectators. Gamban scored four of the Fighting Maroons’ last five points in the final set, but it was Ruskin Ijiran’s quick attack that sealed the win for UP.
John Lomibao led UP with 11 points, while Gamban scored 10 markers coming off eight attacks, a block and an ace. Joshua Castillo and team captain Mac Millete also provided ample support scoring nine and eight points, respectively.
UP will try to notch its second win when it faces the University of the East on Mar. 7, Saturday, 10 a.m. also at the MOA. — Bino Gamba, photo courtesy to UAAP 82