Bulldogs shoot for last semis twice-to-beat advantage

Mark Escarlote on Mar 24, 2017 11:37 PM
Bulldogs shoot for last semis twice-to-beat advantage
National University shoots for its ninth straight win and the last semifinals twice-to-beat advantage.

With a spot in the Final Four already secured, National University now sets its eyes on clinching the last semifinals twice-to-beat advantage in an elimination round rematch against De La Salle University Saturday.

The Bulldogs and Green Spikers clash in the 8:00 a.m. curtain-raiser of the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

NU defeated Far Eastern University, 25-21, 25-23, 6-24, last week to earn a spot in the next round and extended its winning streak to eight. The Bulldogs are at solo second spot with 9-1 win-loss record behind the unbeaten back-to-back champions Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles (11-0).

A win will give NU a twice-to-beat advantage either in a Final Four scenario or in a stepladder semifinals in case the Blue Eagles make a clean sweep of the elims that will propel them straight into the best-of-three Finals.

DLSU cannot afford to lose another game to keep its semis hopes alive.

The Green Spikers parade a 4-6 record tied with University of Sto. Tomas at fifth to sixth spot.

Coming off a 27-29, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18, win over also-ran Adamson a week ago, the Taft-based squad need to win all their remaining games for at least a chance to force a playoff in case no other team still in semis spot contention reaches nine wins.

Meanwhile, University of the Philippines and UST clash at 10:00 a.m.

The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.

The Maroons are at solo fourth spot with a 5-5 slate and are coming off a straight sets win over University of the East, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18 while the Tigers dropped a 25-22, 23-25, 13-25, 21-25, duel with Ateneo.





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