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UAAP 85 WVB: NU takes out Adamson in 4, sets up Finals rematch vs La Salle

Defending champion National University and De La Salle University are set to face off again in the finals of the UAAP Season 85 women’s volleyball tournament after NU triumphed over Adamson University in four sets, 22-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-15 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.

Reigning MVP Mhicaela Belen led the charge for the Lady Bulldogs with a career-high of 29 points, including 22 attacks, five blocks, and two aces. She also had 19 excellent receptions.

Her performance paved the way for NU’s return to the UAAP finals.

Despite the win, Belen said the team still had a lot of work to do before Sunday’s finals.

“We’re happy po na nanalo kami this game ,pero yung start po kasi namin, hindi ganun ka-ganda… I think marami pa po kaming dapat i-improve para pagdating sa finals, maayos yung laro namin and smooth na,” she said.

The Lady Bulldogs struggled early on, but quickly regained their composure. They took the next two sets to establish a 2-1 lead against the Lady Falcons. In the fourth frame, NU dominated with a five-to-nothing blast spearheaded by Belen and Alyssa Solomon.

That run led to a 10-point advantage at 20-10, and ultimately sealed the victory.

Solomon backed up Belen with 21 points on 17 attacks, three aces, and a block, along with 12 excellent digs, while Vange Alinsug contributed 14 markers.

Camilla Lamina tossed 24 excellent sets and two points. Jennifer Nierva gathered 16 excellent receptions and 14 excellent digs.

“Akala namin magiging madali sa amin, eh yung Adamson, magaling sila dumepensa, may atake sila. So sinabi namin, dapat magising na kami sa nangyari sa amin nung first set, na dapat ilabas namin kung ano yung galaw namin,” added Belen.

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Kate Santiago led the charge for Adamson with 15 points on nine attacks and six blocks, while Lorene Toring added 11 markers on 11 attacks.

Lucille Almonte scored nine points. Rookie Trisha Tubu found herself held to six points, her lowest output this season.

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