DEFENDING champion National University overcame 36 errors to turn back University of the Philippines, 23-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-19, and complete a three-game sweep of quarterfinals last night in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference at the Phil sports Arena.
“Malaking bagay sa amin iyun (sweep). Pandagdag ng morale, kahit paano. Magiging positive ang thinking ng mga bata,” said assistant coach Edjet Mabbayad, whose Lady Bulldogs actually wound up with a carryover record of 4-1.
Jaja Santiago asserted her might in the third set to bail out NU, while Aiko Urdas, Risa Sato, Jorelle Singh, Roma Doromal and even setter Jasmine Nabor also provided the needed offense for the victory.
But the Lady Bulldogs were at lost in the opening frame, giving up 12 unforced errors, allowing the Lady Maroons to grab a 1-0 set advantage.
Santiago finished with 21 points, including two blocks, while Urdas added 20 hits, including two service aces for NU.
Sato was also solid in the service zone for the Lady Bulldogs, drilling in five aces to finish with 13 points. The Fil-Japanese middle blocker also had two blocks.
Diana Carlos paced the Lady Maroons with 12 hits while Kathy Bersola with 11 markers.
UP dropped in a tie with idle San Sebastian at 2-2, as their tomorrow’s match-up now has a big implications for the last semifinals berth.