NU destroys TIP in straight sets, wins second straight
Mark Escarlote on Aug 08, 2016 06:10 PM
Jaja Santiago of National University taps an attack.
Defending champion National University collected its second straight win in Group A preliminary round with a 25-17, 25-17, 25-18 whipping of Technological Institute of the Philippines on Monday in the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Jaja Santiago again heated up with 19 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 2-0 record and a step closer to one of the three quarterfinals spots at stake in the group stage.
The 6-foot-5 Santiago towered over the Lady Engineers’ defense to come up with 14 attack points, three aces and a pair of kill blocks for NU, which got 10 markers from Filipino-Japanese Risa Sato and nine from Audrey Paran.
Playmaker Jasmin Nabor dished out 49 excellent sets for the Lady Bulldogs, who for the second straight game benched hitter Jorelle Singh. Assistant coach Edjet Mabbayad said that Singh has yet to receive clearance from doctors because of her high blood pressure.
NU found themselves down, 4-10, in the second set after a dominating opening frame. The Lady Bulldogs unleashed eight unanswered points to take the lead, 12-10 and eventually won the set.
With momentum on their side, NU cruised in the third set to end the match in 75 minutes.
“Ang gusto lang naman namin ay maglaro lang sila no pressure,” said Mabbayad.
NU took TIP, which shocked last year’s runner up Ateneo de Manila, out of its game with loaded services. The Lady Bulldogs were able to score 14 service winners and at the same time gave the Lady Engineers a hard time in controlling the first ball thus making it easier for NU to defend.
“’Yung receive din kasi nila. Kasi kapag na misreceive ang bola nagiging predictable din ang bato ng bola. Kahit sinong team naman kapag di nakaka-receive ng maayos ng bola ang bigay lang naman niya kundi sa open sa utility,” added the mentor.
Only Mylene Paat finished in double figures with 11 points for TIP, which slid to 1-1 card.
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