NU trounces UST in quarterfinals opener
Mark Escarlote on Aug 22, 2016 06:40 PM
National University opened its quarterfinals campaign with a dominating win over University of Sto. Tomas.
Defending champion National University banked on its veteran hitters to take down the undermanned University of Sto. Tomas, 25-21, 29-27, 25-13, Monday to kick off its campaign in the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference quarterfinals at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
The Lady Bulldogs needed to weather waves of rally from the feisty Tigresses in the first two sets especially in the second frame where NU saw their huge lead evaporate before regrouping to win the set and eventually draining the fight off UST.
Six-foot 5 Jaja Santiago scored 15 points with 11 coming off attacks and four from kill blocks while Jorelle Singh scored all but one of her 14 markers from spikes to lead NU to a 2-0 carryover win-loss record and bounce back from a straight sets loss to Ateneo de Manila University at the end of the preliminary round last Saturday. Aiko Urdas had 11.
“Malaking pang-boost ng morale ‘to kasi galing kami sa talo so maganda na ‘to para maka-recover ang mga bata,” said NU assistant coach Edjet Mabbayad.
NU saw its 21-12 lead in the second set melt as UST, who played without EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina who are both in Thailand competing in a tournament that serves as part of Foton Pilipinas’ buildup for the AVC Asian Club Championship on September 3 to 11, blasted a 9-0 rally to tie the frame at 21.
The Lady Bulldogs were able to get at match point, 24-22, on an attack error by Tigresses guest player Eya Laure but UST stole the lead as the high school import scored on a hit. NU saved two match points before Urdas and Santiago scored on back-to-back hits to win the frame.
NU breezed past UST in the third frame to move closer to a Final Four seat.
The Tigresses are down with a 0-3 win-loss record and are on the brink of missing the cut to the next round.
Eya Laure finished with 15 points for the Espana-based squad, who absorbed its third straight defeat.
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