Bulldogs snap Falcons' six-game rampage
Mark Escarlote on Mar 06, 2016 12:46 PM
National University halted Adamson University's six-game winning run.
National University doused cold water on the red-hot winning streak of Adamson University to get back on the right track Sunday.
The Bulldogs blasted a telling run in the fourth set to break a deadlock and put a stop to the Falcons’ comeback attempt to walk away with the 25-23, 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, victory to end a two-game slide in the 78th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
“Maganda ang gising ng team ko, lahat ng serve namin halos 90% pumasok kaya lumaki ‘yung chance namin na manalo,” said NU coach Dante Alinsunurin after his wards improved their record to 5-3 tied with Far Eastern University.
Five players scored in double figures led by Madzlan Gampong’s 19 points with 17 coming from powerful kills. James Natividad and Bryan Bagunas had 14 markers each, Kim Malabunga got 13 while Francis Saura added 11 including the match-clinching quick attack from the middle to seal the one-hour, 51-minute tussle against the same opponent they massacred in straight sets in the opening round.
Libero Ricky Marcos had a superb outing for the Bulldogs, manning the floor like his life depended on it to come out with 27 perfect receptions and 14 excellent digs.
“Nagkataon lang talaga na lahat ng serve namin at receive naming tumaas ang porsyento kaya nagbaliktad ang resulta ng game,” added Alinsunurin.
Watch the postgame interview here:
#UAAPSeason78Volleyball: NU coach Dante Alinsunurin's postgame interview after snapping a two-game slide vs AdamsonPosted by ABS-CBN Sports on Saturday, March 5, 2016
The Falcons overhauled a 19-23 deficit in the third set to extend the match.
Adamson kept the game close in the fourth set, tying the frame at 16 before NU pounded four straight points to take the helm. The Falcons closed the gap, 21-22 before fizzling out in the end.
Jerome Sarmiento drilled 17 attacks in his 20-point outing, Bryan Saraza had 14 markers while Dave Pletado contributed with 12 for Adamson, which is still at second spot with a 6-2 card behind defending champion league-leading Ateneo de Manila (7-1).
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