Defending champion National University (NU) scored an easy 25-19, 25-19, 25-18 win over Adamson University to barge into the finals of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 76 men’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City.
Team captain Rueben Inaudito fired 14 points including four blocks and two aces for the Bulldogs while Edwin Tolentino and Jan Berlin Paglinawan backed him up with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Reigning scoring champion Peter Den Mar Torres added eight points.
“We’re just too happy that we made it again to the finals. We had a lot of struggles in the elimination round. We can now focus on the finals. We need to play solid against Ateneo especially on blocking and reception,” said Torres, last year’s finals Most Valu- able Player.
No one from the Soaring Falcons finished in double figure as Michael Saduria and John Edison Mallapre, the team’s leading scorers, were limited to eight points each.
NU will be facing Ateneo de Manila University in the best-of-three championship series beginning on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Blue Eagles secured the first finals slot by subduing Far Eastern University, 23-25, 19-25, 25-17, 28-26, 15-13.