The duo of James Buytrago and Pol Salvador of National University held off University of Santo Tomas’ Efraim Dimaculangan and Rancel Varga, 12-21, 21-17, 15-12, in the UAAP Season 84 men’s beach volleyball opener at the Sands SM by the Bay Friday, May 27.
The Bulldogs bucked their slow start and overcame and lopsided first set before finding their tempo in the next frame.
Their second set win forced a decider as the Buytrago-Salvador tandem stepped on the gas and unleashed a 5-0 run for a 10-8 lead.
After figuring in an 11-all deadlock, NU scored three straight points capped by a block on Dimaculangan to reach match point.
Dimaculangan tried to put the game within striking distance after a solid kill but Salvador put the finishing touches with a spike of his own.
Earlier, NU, which had a 1-1 record, absorbed a 21-12, 15-21, 11-15 loss at the hands of De La Salle’s Noel Kampton and Vince Maglinao.
In other games, Abai Llenos and Amil Pacinio of Ateneo defeated Jelord Talisayan and Vincent Nadera of Far Eastern University, 21-15, 21-15, and Ned Pacquiao and Francis Casas of Adamson, 21-19, 21-14, en route to a 2-0 slate.
De La Salle, likewise, shared the 2-0 record with a 21-19, 21-11 routing of University of the Philippines’ Daniel Nicolas and Louis Gamban.
UP earlier eked out a 21-15, 21-11 over Adamson and ended up with a 1-1 record.