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NU Lady Bulldogs eliminate Adamson from Final Four race

Rose Doria and the National University Lady Bulldogs snapped their three-game losing streak while prolonging the Adamson University Lady Falcons’ run of ineptitude to six matches after a 28-26, 30-32, 25-21, 25-22 win in the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Volleyball tournament at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

NU won their third match in 10 outings. Meanwhile, Adamson, with their 1-9 record, are mathematically eliminated from the Final Four race.

The Lady Bulldogs split two incredibly tight sets, before taking control of a wasteful Adamson to close the match in four frames. The Lady Falcons gave up 20 errors in the last two sets, costing them the match.

First-year NU head coach Norman Miguel was relieved his team had finally picked up a win after a string of losses.

“Happy kami dahil ang tagal naming hindi nagkaroon ng panalo since the second win namin, first round pa ‘yun. Masaya kasi noong nagkaroon kami ng changes sa system namin,” said Miguel, as he swapped the positions of Ivy Lacsina, Audrey Paran, and Gelina Luceño.

“Though may mga lapses pa rin, hoping sa mga next game namin, maging maayos ang galawa namin with that change. Masaya kami na nanalo kami ngayon. Sana mas maganda pa laruin namin sa next game,” the former DLSU Green Spikers head coach added.

NU captain Doria topped all scorers with 18 points. Lacsina, who played middle blocker from her usual open hitter slot, managed 15 markers. The Lady Bulldogs bucked a 44-error tally as Adamson also gave up 38 miscues.

Bernadette Flora led the Lady Falcons with 16 points, while Chiara Permentilla added 14.

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NU take on the Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles (8-1). On the other hand, Adamson face the University of the East Lady Warriors (2-7), Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Scores

NU (3) – Doria 18, Lacsina 15, Robles 14, Paran 11, Luceño 7, Chavez 4, Orillaneda 1, Landicho 0, Nierva (L)

AdU (1) – Flora 16, Permentilla 14, Soyud 12, Dacoron 10, Igao 2, Infante 1, Yandoc 1, Ave 0, Genesis 0, Perez 0, Ponce (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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