Bulldogs out to extend winning run to six
Mark Escarlote on Mar 10, 2017 06:48 PM
Bryan Bagunas of National University is again expected to deliver the goods for the Bulldogs in their rematch against University of Sto. Tomas.
National University looks to strengthen its bid for a Final Four slot Saturday as the Bulldogs hunt for its sixth straight win in 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.
Running second behind unbeaten three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila, NU hopes to ride the crest of its five-game winning run in a rematch against University of Sto. Tomas Tigers at 10:00 a.m.
The match will air over ABS-CBN S+A channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream.
The Bulldogs hold a 6-1 win-loss record with it lone loss in the opening round coming at the hands of the Blue Eagles last February 8.
Ateneo remains perfect with an 8-0 slate as the Katipunan-based squad secured at least a playoff for a semifinals seat.
NU coach Dante Alinsunurin wants his wards to keep their eyes glued on their goal.
“Mayroon kaming hinahabol, so every time na may laban kami sana may matutunan sila,” he said.
Alinsunurin also hopes that his squad will keep its momentum going as they charge into the mist crucial stretch of the elimination round.
“Sana magtuluy-tuloy pa ang performance namin. Umangat pa ang service receive namin, tumaas ang porsiyento at ang blockings pa namin maging pulido pa.”
The Bulldogs closed the first round with a 26-24, 25-13, 23-25, 25-20, win over University of the Philippines last Sunday behind the 21-point explosion of Fauzi Ismail.
UST is at sixth place with a 3-4 slate and is coming off a two-game losing skid. The Tigers bowed down to Far Eastern University, 19-25, 22-25, 22-25, a week ago to close the first round.
Manuel Medina, Arnold Bautista, Jerico Jose and Jayvee Sumagsaysay need to bring their A-game to help the Tigers avenge their 23-15, 18-25, 19-25, loss to the Bulldogs, who also have hitters Bryan Bagunas, James Natividad, Kim Malabunga and Francis Saura in its arsenal, last March 1.
Meanwhile, Adamson and University of the East face off at 8:00 a.m.
The Falcons parade a 2-5 card while the Red Warriors are winless in seven games and are in a 35-game losing skid since Season 77.
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