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UST, UP seek to tie Ateneo on top

University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines tangle in a key Spikers’ Turf Season 2 Collegiate Conference match-up today, seeking to join defending champion Ateneo in the Group B lead at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

The Tigers and the Maroons swept their first two games in varying fashions with the former routing the NCBA Wildcats in three and nipping the San Beda Lions in five. UP, on the other hand, downed Emilio Aguinaldo College in four then wore down NCBA in five.

That should make their 10 a.m. clash a toss-up with UP to lean on outside spikers Gerard Valbuena and Niccolo Consuelo, Mark Millete and top blocker Kyle San Pascual as it goes up against the Jomaru Amagan, Andrei Medina and Arnold Bautista Jr.-led UST side.

The winner will put it in step with the hot-starting Ateneo, which paces the six-team Group B field with three straight wins over San Beda, EAC and NCBA.

Perpetual Help, meanwhile, likewise shoots for a third straight victory as it clashes with winless St. Benilde in Group A action of the mid-season conference organized by Sports Vision.

The Altas, led by Rey Taneo, Relan Taneo, Manuel Doliente and setter Warren Catipay, toppled Philippine Merchant Marine School and La Salle to wrest the solo lead in their side of the elims after the Archers stopped the erstwhile unbeaten National U Bulldogs in four last Monday to force a tie at 2-1 at second.

The Blazers are also out to snap a two-game skid with Johnvic De Guzman hoping to draw solid backup from the rest, including Isaah Arda, Ron Jordan, Ajlan Dy, setter Mark Deximo and guest player Philip Bagalay as they try to revive their semis bid.

The Perpetual-St. Benilde match can be viewed live via streaming on www.sports.abs-cbn.com.