UAAP Season 81: Lady Bulldogs snap skid, boot out Lady Falcons in semis race
Mark Escarlote on Mar 31, 2019 04:31 PM
National University returned to the win column at the expense of skidding Adamson University.
National University breathed life to its flickering Final Four hopes by ending Adamson University’s bid, 28-26, 30-32, 25-21, 25-22, Sunday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.
The Lady Bulldogs snapped a three-game skid and exacted revenge on their first round tormentors to improve to 3-7 win-loss slate at sixth spot.
“Happy kami dahil ang tagal na rin namin walang panalo since second win namin, first round pa 'yun,” said NU coach Norman Miguel.
Miguel was succesful in tweaking his lineup, fielding 6-foot-2 Ivy Lacsina at middle from an open spiker spot, Audrey Paran from opposite to open and middle Gelina Luceno to opposite.
"Although may mga lapses pa rin. Actually, two days pa lang namin napa-practice. Hoping sa mga next games namin maging maayos na yung galawan naman with that change," said Miguel. "Masaya kami na nanalo kami ngayon sana mas maganda pa ang laruin namin sa mga next game namin."
Skipper Roselyn Doria scored 18 points off 12 attacks, five aces and a kill block while Lacsina had 15 markers for the Lady Bulldogs, who escaped with the win despite 44 errors. Rookie Princess Robles had an all-around production with 14 points, 15 digs and 11 receptions for NU, which landed 15 aces.
Paran had 11 points while rookie libero Jennifer Nierva registered 44 digs and 33 excellent receptions for the Lady Bulldogs.
NU broke away from a tight 15-14 lead in the fourth set with five straight points for a six-point advantage, 20-14, caped by Doria's back-to-back hits. Lacsina pushed the Lady Bulldogs at match point with an off the block kill, 24-21. NU rookie Kly Orillaneda sent her service long before Robles sealed the win with a hit.
The Lady Falcons fell to their sixth straight defeat for a 1-9 slate and bowed out of the semis contention for the fifth season in a row.
Bernadette Flora had 16 points and 21 digs while Chiara Permentila finished with 14 markers and eight excellent receptions for Adamson. Eli Soyud and Joy Dacoron posted 12 and 10 markers, respectively.
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