Bulldogs exact revenge on Maroons, tighten grip of third

Mark Escarlote on Mar 20, 2016 12:40 PM
Bulldogs exact revenge on Maroons, tighten grip of third
National University kept its tight hold of the third spot after a quick work of University of the Philippines.

National University solidified its hold of the third spot with an easy 25-17, 25-19, 25-17, victory over first round tormentor University of the Philippines Sunday in the 78th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Four players scored in double figures to help the Bulldogs recover from its previous setback to improve to 7-4 record behind Final Four-bound defending champion Ateneo de Manila (10-1) and second-running Adamson Falcons (8-3).   

“Talagang pinaghandaan namin (ang UP) kasi medyo magkaka-problema pa kami ‘pag natalo pa kami, mahihirapan na kaming makahabol sa gusto naming makuha,” said NU coach Dante Alinsunurin.

Madzlan Gampong and and James Natividad finished with 15 points each for the Bulldogs, who avenged their straight sets loss to the Fighting Maroons in the first round. The duo split 22 of the 38 attack points pounded by NU, which played without injured Bryan Bagunas (hyper extended left knee).

Kim Malabunga had 11 points while Francis Saura got to markers for the Bulldogs, who scored 13 kill blocks with five coming from Malabunga.

The Fighting Maroons absorbed its sixth loss in 11 outings to remain in solo fifth spot, a full game behind Far Eastern University (6-5).

Skipper Alfred Valbuena was the only UP player in double digits with 16 points.   

 

   

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