NU-Philippines wins men's volleyball gold in ASEAN University Games

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 14, 2018 06:12 PM
NU wins men's volleyball gold in ASEAN University Games
National University - Philippines surpassed the bronze medal finish in the 2016 edition of the ASEAN University Games in Singapore (photo courtesy of Junjun Abcede).

The Philippines, starring players from reigning UAAP men's champion National University, unseated Thailand from the throne with a 27-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20 victory to capture the 19th ASEAN University Games men's volleyball gold medal Ftriday in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.

The Filipinos were very determined to become the best in the biennial competition for the region's student-athletes.

Francis Saura's quick hit gave the Philippines the upper hand in the extended first frame before Bryan Bagunas took over in the second set.

Putting up tough defense on the hard-spiking Bagunas, the Thais were able to snatch the third set before the Filipinos regrouped in the fourth with Bagunas' solid attacking, Saura's net defense and libero Ricky Marcos' floor defense.

An outside spike by Thailand served as the championship point for the Philippines, which finished its stint with a perfect 4-0 record.

The Filipinos, who surpassed their bronze medal finish in the 2016 edition in Singapore, also won over the Thais , 30-28, 25-23, 25-19 win over the Thais, in last Sunday's opener.

During the awards ceremony, the Philippine players were very proud in wearing the AUG gold medal, as all the hard work that coach Dante Alinsunurin's troops made paid off.


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