Bulldogs continue mastery over UST, Maroons extend winning run to three

Paul Lintag on Feb 17, 2016 12:21 PM
Bulldogs continue mastery over UST, Maroons win 3rd straight
National University was quick to bounce back with a three-set win over its Season 77 Final Four opponent while the Maroons extend their early run to three games.

After a shock loss to the University of the Philippines, the Bulldogs made sure no such thing would happen again.

National University asserted its mastery over last year's Final Four opponents University of Santo Tomas with a steady 25-21, 27-25, 25-15 win in the UAAP Season 78 men's volleyball tournament at the Arena in San Juan, Wednesday.

With the Tigers turning to their blocking to keep things close in the first two sets, the Bulldogs broke out in the third frame as Madzlan Gampon punished the UST defense, 25-15.

Bryan Bagunas would go on to lead the Bulldogs with 17 points while Gampong added 15.

Team captain Vince Mangulabnan was steady as ever running the NU attack with 32 excellent sets. In comparison, the Tigers only had six excellent sets in total as a team.

"Sabi ko nga sa kanila kailangan natin matuto, hindi pwedeng ganun lang ang nilalaro natin kasi na-tsambahan, na-tsambahan yung game natin eh. Dapat every time sigurado sa galaw para pagdating ng semis or makapasok kami ng semis, matured na yung team," head coach Dante Alinsunurin said referring to the tight second set and how his boys responded from the UP loss.

NU joined Ateneo, Adamson and UP in a four-way logjam for first place with identical 3-1 cards.

Tyrone Carodan was the lone double-digit scorer for UST as the Tiger Spikers dropped to 1-3.

In the other men's game, University of the Philippines continued its winning run with a 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 27-25 win over De La Salle University.

The Fighting Maroons secured their third straight victory following their domination of last year's runner-up National University.

Wendel Miguel led five Maroons in double figures with 15 points while John Mark Millete added 13.

UP lost two match points in the fourth set before a triple block finally ended things, 27-25.

Raymark Woo carried the struggling Green Spikers with 26 markers.


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