The National University Lady Bulldogs asserted dominance over the Iriga Oragons in straight sets, 25-15, 25-16, 25-18, in the Open Conference of Season 13 of the Shakey’s V League, Monday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
The win brought NU back to .500 after a two-game skid in losses against Pocari Sweat and Bali Pure.
Coach Roger Gorayeb, however, said he was not affected by the slight slump.
“Kahit natalo kami sa unang dalawang game, masaya kami e. Kasi college team lang kami tapos umaabot sa five sets ‘yung games namin against club teams, selection ng iba-ibang universities,” said Gorayeb. “Kung ibe-base mo lang sa performance, masayang masaya kami.”
The Lady Bulldogs led showed mastery of the Oragons, leading by 11 in total attacks, 35-24, and dominating in blocks, 7-1. They also had 12 total service aces.
Setter Jasmin Nabor, who entered the game at the second set, was the only player who scored in double digits from either team with 10.
“Unti-unti lang. Kasi si Jas, mabait na bata e. Skill-wise okay na siya, pero yung psychology niya sa laro, yung gusto kong mangyari, hindi nya pa makuha lahat [‘yung timing],” said the NU coach.
For the Bulldogs, defense through the leadership of Jaja Santiago was key to the first set, where Iriga never grabbed hold of the lead even after tying the game 5-5 via an NU four touch error.
Iriga led early in the second set, 4-1, but a 12-1 rampage by NU dug them a 13-6 hole. The Lady Bulldogs never looked back since then.
The third set was more of the same story highlighted by three solid hits by setter Nabor.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-2) will next face the Philippine Air Force (3-1) on Wednesday, June 15 in the Filoil Flying V Centre. Iriga City (1-3) next face the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors (4-0) on Saturday, June 18 at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.
“Kami kasi, ‘pag lumalaban kami, sinasabi ko sa mga bata, ‘we have nothing to lose,'” Gorayeb closed.
NU (3) – Singh 12, Nabor 10, Santiago 9, Paran 9, Doria 5, Doromal 5, Sato 4, Chavez (L), Valdez (L)
Iriga (0) – Alvarez 8, Levina 5, Pacina 5, Eniong 5, Bombita 4, Cabriana 3, Guab 1, Lana 0, Co 0, Gazmen 0, Faurillo 0, Buenaventura (L), Almelor (L)