The National University Lady Bulldogs stayed undefeated after evading the upset-hungry University of the East Lady Warriors, 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
After demolishing their foes in the first set, NU suffered a sudden collapse in the second frame. Leading 18-17, the Lady Bulldogs allowed UE to take the next seven points in a blur of aces and errors. NU continued to struggle into the third frame, with the hapless Lady Warriors grabbing a 22-20 lead after a Glayssa Bendong ace.
According to NU head coach Babes Castillo, their slow play in the third set was due to their tentativeness on the court.
“I think there was a bit of reluctance on our part on how we wanted to approach the game. We wanted to go all out pero there was a part of us din na was still a bit reluctant,” said Castillo.
The Lady Bulldogs salvaged the third set thanks to a late run sparked by Jasmine Nabor’s serving, which gave them a 24-22 lead. Jaja Santiago capped the set with a powerful quick hit.
NU controlled the fourth frame, pushing their 13-11 cushion to an insurmountable 19-13 gap to seal the win.
“It was a good win for us, but it’s not a good performance for us. We’ll take it, but we need to improve,” added Castillo, who has not lost a match since taking over for Roger Gorayeb in the off-season.
Jaja Santiago towed the Lady Bulldogs with 23 points off 18 attacks, four blocks, and one ace. Opposite hitter Roselyn Doria added 12 markers.
Mary Ann Mendrez and Shaya Adorador topped the Lady Warriors with 11 points, apiece.
The Lady Bulldogs (3-0) take on fellow undefeated squad and defending champs De La Salle University Lady Spikers (2-0) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. UE (0-3) will try to pick up their first win on Saturday against the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles (0-2).
NU (3) – Santiago 23, Doria 12, Urdas 8, Paran 7, Sato 5, Nabor 3, Doromal 1, Singh 1, Chavez (L)
UE (1) – Adorador 11, Mendrez 11, Abil 6, Rodriguez 5, Bendong 4, Lopez 4, Sta. Maria 1, Baliton 0, Catindig 0, Manabat 0, Arado (L)
Rival coaches agree: Ramil de Jesus should coach National Team
Tyrus Hill, Kurt Lojera transfer to La Salle
Lady Eagles survive Golden Tigresses to clinch Final Four spot
Ateneo taking costly UP loss in stride
Christian Standhardinger tempers expectations for upcoming San Miguel campaign
Jerwin Ancajas hopes Super Series extends to boxing
Kevin Belingon demolishes Andrew Leone, stakes claim as top contender
Giorgio Petrosyan, Nong-o Gaiyanghadao shine in Super Series debut
Tiger Spikers squeeze into Final Four, outlast Soaring Falcons
Bryan Bagunas, Bulldogs end four-year curse against Blue Eagles
Tamaraws stamp twice-to-beat ticket, eliminate Green Spikers
Lady Falcons outmuscle Golden Tigresses in Season 80 finale
- ADMU3 days ago
Wendel Comboy, FEU rally from 17 down to stun Ateneo; Jun Manzo, UP hold off Letran
- Basketball5 days ago
Ricci Rivero still uncertain about collegiate career
- Basketball5 days ago
Kobe Paras attends first practice; Kiefer Ravena watches on the sidelines
- News3 days ago
Rod Roque accompanies ‘nervous’ Kath Arado to tryout