Greg Dolor and Paul Bugaoan combined for 34 hits as Far Eastern U halted Perpetual Help’s three-game run with a 25-23, 25-15, 20-25, 25-20 victory to boost its semifinal drive in Group A of the Spikers’ Turf Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig on Monday.
With Kris Silang putting on a 50-set effort, the Tams overpowered the previously unbeaten Altas, 58-44, in spikes with Dolor hammering in 14 attack points and Bugaoan adding 12 kills.
The win was FEU’s third straight since dropping a straight-set setback to National U last Aug. 1, forcing a three-way tie for the lead with its victim and tormentor heading to the crucial stage of the single round elims among six teams.
La Salle, which stopped NU in four last Aug. 15, remains in the hunt with a 2-1 card.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the crossover semis of the mid-season conference of the country’s premier men’s volley league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Accel as official outfitter.
Richard Solis, Joel Cayaban, Jude Garcia and Redi Paler backed Dolor and Bugaoan with a combined 28-point output with Silang also adding five markers, including two service aces.
Allan Sala-an fired 14 hits while brothers Relan and Rey Raneo combined for 21 points but the Altas failed to sustain a third set surge and struggled with their playpatters with Warren Catipay finishing with 33 excellent sets.
Earlier, University of the Philippines survived San Beda’s first set scare then went on to claim a 25-23, 25-19, 25-16 victory to bolster its semis bid in Group B.
Skipper Alfred Valbuena unloaded a 20-kill effort while Mark Millete, Gian San Pascual, Niccolo Consuelo and Mark Castillo combined for 33 hits as the Maroons finished off the Lions in 64 minutes to tie idle University of Santo Tomas at second with 3-1 slates.
Defending champion Ateneo clinched at least a playoff for a semis seat with a sweep of its first four games with the Eagles going for a sweep of the single round Group B elims among six teams against UP next Monday.
UST, on the other hand, has a lighter task for its final elims match against Emilio Aguinaldo College, out of the semis race with three straight losses.