THE Far Eastern University Tamaraws stunned the National University Bulldogs, 25-19, 22-25, 26-24, 25-20, to move up to second spot at the close of the first round in the 78th University Athletic Association of the Philippines volleyball tournament at the Arena in San Juan.
The Tamaraws, who improved to 5-2 played superb volleyball, while the Bulldogs played poorly as they committed 44 errors.
With the win, the Morayta-based spikers moved to solo second behind the Ateneo Blue Eagles and Adamson Falcons, who share the lead with identical 6-1 marks.
JP Bugaoan and Jeric Gacutan had 12 points each to lead FEU, which disposed of the Bulldogs in one hour and 43 minutes,
FEU engaged NU into three deadlocks in the third set before setter Vince Mangulabnan committed an error that gave the Tams a 2-1 edge entering the fourth set.
In the only other match, rookie spiker Manuel Medina joined forces with veteran teammate Arnold Bautista to lead University of Santo Tomas to a 3-setter against De La Salle, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19, its first after a three-game losing streak and second overall in seven games.
Medina, a 16-year-old prized find from Jose Rizal Institute, posted 14 points, 12 coming from kills and two off his blocks.