Cris Dumago stepped up to fire 17 kills as La Salle stopped erstwhile unbeaten National U, 26-24, 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, on Monday to force a three-way tie for second in Group A of the Spikers’ Turf Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.
League leading scorer Raymark Woo played true to form and put in a team-high 19-hit effort but drew a solid outing from Dumago, who finished with 18 markers while Arjay Onia also dished off a superb 13-point effort to help power the Archers past the Bulldogs in 1:31.
The win as La Salle’s second against a loss as it tied its victim and idle Far Eastern U at second behind the 2-0 Perpetual Help and boosted its semifinal bid in the mid-season conference of the country’s premier men’s volley league organized by Sports Vision.
NU, which toppled Far Eastern U and Philippine Merchant Marine School, struggled after losing the tight, extended opening frame. Though the Bulldogs recovered with a big win in the third, the Archers bounced back strong in the fourth as Dumago and Onia combined with Woo to deliver the killer blows.
Bryan Bagunas came away with 21 hits while Madzlan Gampong and skipper Rueben Baysac added 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the Bulldogs, who won the spiking duel, 56-47, but struggled on service reception, enabling the Archers to score eight aces.
La Salle also produced seven blocks, five more than NU, which also only scored two aces.
Earlier, San Beda, led by Felix Manliclic and Gerald Zabala, hacked out a thrilling come-from-behind 18-25, 18-25, 26-24, 25-21, 15-12 victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College to revive its slim semifinal hopes in Group B.
It was the Lions’ first win after two losses while dropping the Generals to 0-3 in a tie with the NCBA Wildcats. Defending champion Ateneo paces the group with a 3-0 mark while UST and UP tote identical 2-0 slates.