Santiago, Sato power NU in sweep of LPU
Mark Escarlote on Sep 04, 2017 06:33 PM
Risa Sato of National University gets her attack through the block of Lyceum of the Philippines University's Cherilyn Sindayen.
Towering Jaja Santiago and Risa Sato teamed up to power National University to a straight sets, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21, win over Lyceum of the Philippines University on Monday for a share of the early lead in Group A of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Santiago, who was not in the original lineup submitted by the Lady Bulldogs, and Sato uncorked 11 points each to give new head coach Babes Castillo a welcome gift in his first tournament after replacing former NU tactician Roger Gorayeb.
“It feels good, of course. But more than that gustong-gusto ko the way we worked together today,” said Castillo of his first win as the Lady Bulldogs coach. “I appreciate the win but again hindi pa rin yun ang gusto namin. What’s good about it ay mayroong working system na.”
NU joined Far Eastern University and Ateneo De Manila University on top of the group.
The Filipino-Japanese Sato scored 10 of his total points off attacks while Jorelle Singh finished with eight markers all from kills for the Lady Bulldogs, who are looking to annex a third straight collegiate conference crown since dominating the same tournament of the defunct V-League in 2015 and 2016.
Top setter Jasmine Nabor dished out 27 excellent sets and six points while senior high ace Princess Robles, who led the NU high school team to UAAP girls title last year, debuted with six points in two sets of action for the Lady Bulldogs.
Rocelyn Hongria scored eight markers while La Rainne Fabay finished with seven for the Lady Pirates.
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