Rookie shows the way for undefeated Bulldogs
Mark Escarlote on Feb 07, 2016 01:26 PM
Newcomer James Natividad powered National University to its second win in a row to share the lead with reigning champion Ateneo de Manila.
Freshman James Natividad proved his mettle in the collegiate level, leading last year’s runner up National University to its second straight win for the share of the early lead Sunday.
The 17-year-old recruit from Bani National High School in Zambales registered 14 points in the Bulldogs’ 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 crushing of De La Salle University in the 78th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Natividad accounted for five of NU’s 16 kill blocks that silenced the attackers of the Green Spikers including DLSU skipper Raymark Woo.
The Bulldogs improved their record to 2-0 tied with idle defending champion Ateneo de Manila.
Kim Malabunga had 13 points from seven attacks and six kill blocks while Bryan Bagunas smashed in 11 spikes in his 12-point outing for the Sampaloc-based squad.
Team captain Vince Mangulabnan dished out 28 excellent sets in the Bulldogs 37 vicious attacks.
Woo had a woeful performance after scoring 19 in his return to action after skipping last year’s contest because of a knee injury against University of the East last Wednesday.
The third year open hitter was limited to only four points while John Onia and Ralph Calasin combined for 12 markers for DLSU, which slipped to a 1-1 card tied with Far Eastern University, University of the Philippines and Adamson.
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