Rookie-laden National University dispatched Adamson University, 25-15, 25-23, 25-18 to open its UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball tournament campaign on Thursday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
After trailing by as much as three points midway into the third set, Mhicaela Belen converted from the back while Ivy Lacsina scored an ace to hand the Lady Bulldogs a seven-point, 23-16 advantage.
Alyssa Solomon’s hit went long in the following play while Lorene Toring dropped one in to cut the lead down to five for the Lady Falcons before Sheena Toring and Princess Robles put up the finishing touches for NU.
“Masaya kami dahil nakuha namin yung unang panalo pero marami pa kaming kailangan ayusin, marami pa yung kailangan naming i-improve so mahabang season,” said Lady Bulldogs head coach Karl Dimaculangan. “Pero mabilis lang yung tournament kaya siguro kailangan makapag-adjust din kami.”
Six-foot Solomon topped the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points founded on 11 attacks, three blocks, and an ace. Belen converted 13 attacks for 14 points while Princess Robles collected 12 points, eight excellent digs, and five excellent receptions.
Camilla Lamina dished out 15 excellent sets laced with a point while Jennifer Nierva had 14 excellent digs and nine excellent receptions for NU.
“Unang una okay naman yung pinerform nila [rookies], pero half kasi nung nasa first six halos rookie talaga e,” bared the former UE head coach, who took the reins for NU last year. “So, inexpect ko naman na makakapagperform sila nang maayos, malaking bagay na pero yun nga yung improvement pa rin kasi first official game ko rin na kasama sila.”
NU had a rousing start in set one, taking a 10-point, 25-15 win before gutting out a tight one in the second frame off a service error from Lucille Almonte.
Leading the way for the Lady Falcons is Toring with eight points while four players from the team each had five markers. Trisha Genesis was held to just four points as Louie Romero ended with just 10 excellent sets.
NU will square off against Ateneo on Thursday at 10:00 AM while Adamson will look to get its first win against La Salle at 12:00 PM later in the day.