UAAP Season 81: Bulldogs clinch semis twice-to-beat

Mark Escarlote on Apr 14, 2019 01:26 PM
UAAP Season 81: Bulldogs clinch semis twice-to-beat
Defending champion National University secured the first Final Four twice-to-beat advantage.

Repeat-seeking National University grabbed the first Final Four twice-to-beat advantage after a quick work of University of Sto.Tomas, 25-20, 25-21, 25-9, Sunday in the UAAP men's volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.

The troika of Bryan Bagunas, Angelo Almendras and James Natividad did most of the damage for the Bulldogs, who won their 11th straight match for an 11-1 win-loss record at the top spot. 

Bagunas and Almendras scored 15 points each and combined for 26 of NU's 47 attack points behind the superb playmaking of rookie setter Joshua Retamar, who tallied 25 excellent sets. Bagunas added seven excellent receptions for the Bulldogs, who can clinch the top seeding in the semis if they hurdle their last assignments against University of the Philippines (April 24) and second-running Far Eastern University (April 28).

Natividad had 13 points and seven digs for NU, which took the victory in just 66 minutes.

The Tigers suffered their ninth loss in 13 games.

Joshua Umandal was the only UST player in double figures with 12 points. The Tigers will close the elims against University of the East on April 27.

Meanwhile, FEU assured itself of at least a playoff for the last twice-to-beat advantage after beating UP, 25-20, 25-14, 19-25, 25-9.

Peter Quiel led the way for the Tamaraws, who improved to 10-2 slate, with 15 points while Jude Garcia and Richard Solis got 12 and 11 markers, respectively.

Jerry San Pedro and John Mark Millete posted 13 and 12 points, respectively, in a lost cause for UP, which fell to 1-11 slate.

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