Lady Bulldogs survive another challenge from Lady Warriors
National University survived another four-set match against University of the East.
University of the East gave National University fits just like in their first meeting.
The Lady Bulldogs yielded a set but still found a way to suppress the comeback attempt of the Lady Warriors, 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, and strengthen its bid for a Final Four spot in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Banking on 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago and Jorelle Singh, NU turned back UE to improve its record to 6-4 at third to fourth spots tied with idle University of Sto. Tomas. The Lady Bulldogs bounced back from a four-set loss at the hands of defending champion De La Salle University.
Santiago had a field day on attacks, nailing 20 on her way to registering game-high 23 points while Singh and Filipino-Japanese Risa Sato got 10 markers, respectively, for NU which outblocked the Lady Warriors, 12-1.
Sato had five kill blocks while Santiago posted three for the Lady Bulldogs, who survived a game that saw them give away 37 points off errors and 13 from the service to the Lady Warriors.
NU had lapses on its foor defense in the third set and UE took advantage to steal the frame. Lady Bulldogs coach Roger Gorayeb benched his liberos Joni Chavez and Gayle Valdez in the fourth set after a disappointing third set outing.
"May libero ka, in-expect mo na tutulong sila sa receive. Kung di sila tutulong OK lang na wala," said Gorayeb.
UE,which also bowed down in four sets against NU in the first round, absorbed its third straight loss for a 1-9 card.
Skipper Shaya Adorador finished with 16 points while Judith Abil got 10 for the Lady Warriors.
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