PVL Finals: Bulldogs reign supreme
Mark Escarlote on Sep 12, 2018 02:13 PM
National University completed its conquest of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference men's division.
National University’s might, power and championship experience were just too much for University of Sto. Tomas.
The Bulldogs overpowered the Tigers, 25-21, 25-18, 25-14, Wednesday to complete a sweep of the best-of-three Finals and ascend to the throne of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference men’s division at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Bryan Bagunas was on fire as the UAAP Season 81 Finals Most Valuable Player scattered 20 points off 18 kills including the championship-clinching backrow attack to lead the Bulldogs to their breakthrough PVL title just four months after ruling the UAAP.
A stark contrast to NU’s Game 1 performance where it needed to comeback from a set down to escape with a four-set win, the Bulldogs buckled down to business early.
“Medyo talagang lumamang na kami sa umpisa pa lang sa service receive namin, na-control na namin talaga kaya pumasok na rin ang blocking namin,” said NU coach Dante Alinsunurin. “’Yung opensa namin tumaas na rin ang porsiyento. Kahit anong set ang ginagawa namin nakakapuntos kami.”
Meanwhile, Far Eastern University pocketed the third place with a battle for third series sweep of Adamson University, 25-21, 17-25, 30-28, 25-23.
Madzlan Gampong scored 11 points while rookie Angelo Almendras had 10 for the Bulldogs, who were runners-up in the past two editions of the defunct Spikers’ Turf Collegiate Conference in 2015 and 2016 behind Ateneo de Manila University.
The Bulldogs also took care of the ball, limiting their errors to 13 while receiving 22 free points off UST’s miscues.
The Tigers dropped all of their three matches against NU including an end of elimination loss that snapped their eight-game winning streak.
UST’s inexperience was obvious during the match as they allowed the Bulldogs to bully their way to the throne.
“Mayroong opportunity kaya lang di nila ginrab,” said UST coach Odjie Mamon.
Genesis Redido led the Tigers with 11 points while Joshua Umandal finished with 10.
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