|The victorious UST men's beach volleyball team pose with the championship trophy after sweeping FEU for the UAAP crown. Jade Moya/ Dugout Philippines|
By Ricky Manliguis
MANILA-- Krung Arbasto just gave UST a perfect send-off gift: reclaiming the championship.
Arbasto and his rookie partner Jeron Requinton succesfully brought back the crown to España after besting Far Eastern U, 21-13, 22-24, 15-10, in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's beach volleyball crown Sunday morning at the SM Sands by the Bay.
Fresh from its semifinal conquest of deposed champions National U yesterday, Arbasto and Requinton wasted no time in foiling the championship ambitions of the Tamaraws to complete the sweep in the best-of-three championship series.
This is UST's fourth men's beach volleyball crown and first since losing it to NU in Season 80.
UST got the headstart in the series, winning Game 1, 21-14, 21-16, earlier in the morning. But were even held a 20-18 lead in the second set of Game 2 but the FEU pair of Jude Garcia and replacement Richard Solis regained composure to force a deciding third set.
The third set was even tighter, with the Tamaraws knotting the count at 8-8, but the Tigers exploded with a 7-2 closing to finally close the match.
Arbasto capped off his college career with the MVP award, while Requinton was named as Rookie of the Year.
For FEU, it was another runner-up finish for them after finishing second in Season 79 behind UST.