Lady Bulldogs bare teeth to get out of slump
Mark Escarlote on Mar 06, 2016 03:24 PM
National University bounced back mightily from a three-game skid by sweeping Adamson University.
National University woke up from a three-game slump and caught Adamson University off guard for an easy 25-18, 25-12, 25-18 win Sunday in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament The Arena in San Juan.
After their struggle at the end of the first round, the Lady Bulldogs looked sharp and full of confidence in their demolition of the Lady Falcons, who saw their two-win run come to an early end.
NU improved to 4-4 in a tie with first round tormentors the University of Sto. Tomas Golden Tigresses – a five-set loss that started the Lady Bulldogs’ downward slide.
Myla Pablo and 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago returned to their old dangerous form after a bad outing in last Wednesday’s straight sets loss to University of the Philippines where the duo had a combined seven points.
Pablo finished with 10 spikes, three service aces and a kill block for a 14-point performance she spiced up with 10 digs and nine excellent receptions for an all-around game while Santiago nailed 13 markers with 12 coming off attacks for the Lady Bulldogs. Ivy Perez had a breakout game as the graduating setter dished out 21 excellent sets and four points for NU.
"We have been having rough times in the past two weeks eh. We need this kind of thing to bring back yung confidence ng mga bata," said Lady Bulldogs head caoch Roger Gorayeb. "Sinabi ko sa kanila na, 'You have to work harder. Less talk, more action.'"
Watch the postgame interview here:
#UAAPSeason78Volleyball: NU coach Roger Gorayeb's postgame interview vs AdamsonPosted by ABS-CBN Sports on Sunday, March 6, 2016
The Lady Falcons showed some resistance in the third set after getting mauled in the first two frames, overhauling a 2-8 deficit to tie it at 9, only to see the NU bare its teeth once again to duplicate its 17-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20 win over Adamson in the first round exactly a month ago.
Adamson absorbed its fifth loss in eight games.
No Lady Falcon reached double-figure scoring. Mylene Paat had nine points while Jessica Galanza was limited to five markers.
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