NU stuns defending champion Thailand at ASEAN University Games
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 11, 2018 03:35 PM
The NU Bulldogs stunned defending champion Thailand and will play Malaysia on the final day of pool action Wednesday, with the Filipinos eyeing to clinch the No. 1 ranking in their group (photo courtesy of Edwin Abcede).The Philippines, represented by reigning UAAP men's champion National University, stunned titleholders Thailand, 30-28, 25-23, 25-19, in the curtain-raiser of the 19th ASEAN University Games volleyball tournament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
The shock Pool A win virtually sealed the Filipinos' spot in the semifinals of the five-day event.
The Philippines will play Malaysia on the final day of pool action Wednesday, with the Filipinos eyeing to clinch the No. 1 ranking in their group.
The Thais ended up with an even 1-1 record following a 25-14, 25-12, 25-21 conquest of the Malaysians on Tuesday.
The six teams were divided into two pools in the round-robin preliminaries. Only top two teams from each group in the preliminaries will advance to cross semis, with Pool A winners taking on Pool B second placers and the No. 1 team in Pool B facing Pool A runners-ups.
Pool B is comprised of Singapore, Indonesia and host Myanmar. The Burmese swept the Indonesians, 25-18, 25-16, 25-19, in their opener.
The semifinals is set Thursday, while the medal matches will be played on Friday.
Volleyball is one of the 17 sports disciplines being contested in the ASEAN University Games which will last until Friday.
Two years ago in Singapore, Ateneo’s women’s and men’s volleyball teams clinched bronze medals.