UAAP VOLLEYBALL: NU hunts for second win, solo lead
National University targets its second straight win and a hold of the solo lead when the Lady Bulldogs face Ateneo de Manila University.
National University guns for the solo lead when the Lady Bulldogs collide with Ateneo de Manila University Wednesday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Coming off a four-set victory over Adamson University in their season-opener, the Lady Bulldogs hopes to carry the momentum in the 4:00 p.m. duel that will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.
Graduating player Jaja Santiago caught fire with 16 points Saturday when NU crushed the Lady Falcons, 25-15, 25-23, 16-25, 25-13, for a fitting welcome gift to head coach Babes Castillo.
The Lady Bulldogs, who will also pin their hopes on Risa Sato, Aiko Urdas and Jorelle Singh, swept the Lady Eagles last season in their elimination round meeting and are looking to reassert their mastery over the Ateneo to move to solo lead.
The rebuilding Lady Eagles gave a gutsy stand against Far Eastern University but fell short in the end, 25-19, 21-25, 25-18, 20-25, 9-15.
Jho Maraguinot, who scored 21 points in her season debut, Kat Tolentino, Jules Samonte and Bea de Leon will spearhead Ateneo’s bid to barge in the win column.
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