UAAP Season 81 Finals: Bulldogs go for the jugular

Mark Escarlote on May 15, 2019 01:23 AM
UAAP Season 81 Finals: Bulldogs go for the jugular
Defending champion National University seeks to finish off Far Eastern University and hoist its second straight title.

Repeat-seeking National University goes for the championship clincher on Wednesday when the Bulldogs take on Far Eastern University in Game 2 of UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball best-of-three Finals at the MOA Arena.

Game time is set at 12:00 noon after the individual awards rites at 11:30 a.m. The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream.

Head coach Dante Alinsunurin hopes to ride the crest of their 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18, win in the series opener to close the series.  

“Laking bagay itong pagkapanalo namin ng Game 1 para pagdating ng Game 2 'yung kompiyansa namin nandoon na ulit, bumalik ulit,” said Alinsunurin, whose squad is on a 15-game winning streak.

Graduating hitter Bryan Bagunas, who is set to claim his Most Valuable Player award, is looking to end his five-year stint on a high note and deliver NU’s fourth title in seven years.

The national team member considers their championship experience as their biggest advantage against a team that is in its first Finals appearance since Season 75.   

“Para sa akin yung tempo sa laro sa Finals nandoon na kami eh. Parang ia-apply na lang namin kung ano ang tinuturo ng coaching staff sa amin and pagbutihan lang talaga and communication lang bawat puntos,” said Bagunas.

But the Tamaraws want to write a different story.

FEU will pin its hopes on JP Bugaoan, Richard Solis, Jude Garcia, Peter Quiel and Redijohn Paler to force a Game 3 on Saturday.  

 

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