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NU overwhelms TIP

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Volleyball
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Games tomorrow:

(Philsports Arena)

10 a.m.-- FEU vs. CSB (Spikers’ Turf)

12 noon --SBC vs .UST (Spikers’ Turf)

4 p.m. --FEU vs. SBC (V-League)

6 p.m. -- UPHSD vs. TIP (V-League)

DEFENDING champion National University swept Technological Institute of the Philippines, 25-17, 25-17, 25-18, to snatch the Group A lead in the Shakey's V-League Collegiate Conference at the Philsports Arena.
    
Aware of the Lady Engineers' capability of pulling off surprises, the Lady Bulldogs displayed impressive blocking and service to book their second successive win in the tournament.
 
“Kapag nag-misrecieve sila (TIP), nagiging predictable na rin ang bato ng bola. Kapag hindi maka-receive, ang bigay lang niyan it's either sa open or utility spiker, so magiging madali na,” said NU assistant coach Edjet Mabbayad.
   
The Lady Bulldogs' middles sparkled as 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago had three service aces and two blocks to finish with 19 points while Risa Sato added 10 points.
   
Guest player Mylene Paat led the way for the Lady Engineers with 11 hits while Alyssa Layug contributed six points.
   
TIP failed to follow up its shock five-set victory over Ateneo to drop in third place with a 1-1 slate in its bracket, allowing idle San Sebastian (2-1) to move up in second spot.
   
Later, University of the Philippines downed College of Saint Benilde, 25-20, 25-12, 25-17, to join University of Santo Tomas on top of the Group B standings at 2-0. The Lady Blazers, the reigning NCAA champions, bowed out of contention with their third straight defeat.
   
In the Spikers' Turf, Madz Gampong had 15 hits, including three service aces as NU notched its second straight Group A win with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-15 victory over Philippine Merchant Marine School, while Alfred Valbuena came through with 23 points as UP outlasted NCBA, 25-12, 27-25, 23-25, 25-27, 15-13, to stay unbeaten in Group B at 2-0.