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V-League: Bello steps up for Retamar, steers NU to Pool A sweep


National University completed its sweep of Pool A after making quick work of De La Salle University, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18, in the 2022 V-League Men’s Collegiate Challenge, Wednesday at the Paco Arena.

With team captain Joshua Retamar out due to a sprained left ankle, Joseph Bello took care of the playmaking duties. He dished out 11 excellent sets alongside four points to help the Bulldogs finish the group phase with an immaculate 5-0 standing.

Rookie outside hitter Michael Buddin ended with a game-high 12 points. Meanwhile, Nico Almendras and Kennry Malinis chipped in nine and eight markers, respectively.

“Sobrang thankful ako na kahit nagka-problema yung isang player namin, talagang merong nag-punan nung posisyon ng bawat isa sa amin. Kaya sobrang masaya ako sa panalo namin,” said NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin.

“Sobrang importante nitong panalo na ‘to kasi alam mo naman yung nagiging sitwasyon kapag ikaw yung number one… Kasi magiging advantage ‘to pag-dating ng quarterfinals kasi alam nila na wala kaming talo,” he added.

The Green Spikers have now suffered their third consecutive loss following an early 2-0 start to end the pool stage. They were led by Noel Kampton with eight points.

Vince Maglinao added eight points, while JM Ronquillo and Nathaniel Del Pilar added six apiece in the loss.

NU will await its quarterfinals match-up. On the other hand, La Salle’s playoff fate is no longer in its hands.

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