National University (NU) Bullpups dispatched De La Salle Santiago Zobel School (DLSZ) Junior Archers in straight sets, 25-18, 25-20, 25-16, in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) boys’ volleyball tournament at the Adamson Gym in San Marcelino, Manila on Sunday.
Both teams went on a nip-and-tuck battle at the opening of the first set. But outside and reception errors plagued the Junior Archers, tying the ball game at 14-all. The Bullpups broke away from the green-and-white squad with a 3-0 run, coming from the Madzlan Abdolmun’s service ace, Daryl Cayanso’s down-the-line hit, and Billie Jean Anima’s attack, 17-14.
The Bullpups prolonged the set point after Mac Arvin Banoola and Michael Fortuna committed net errors, 24-18. However, the Junior Archers then committed a reception fault, handing the first set to NU, 25-18.
In the second set, the Junior Archers took a three-point lead with the effort of their captain Miguel Aranton, 6-9. The blue-and-gold squad again capitalized on the reception error of La Salle to set another deadlock at 9-all.
NU did not look back and protected the lead as Fortuna closed the set with another attack, 25-20.
With a two-set advantage, the Bullpups sustained their momentum and finished the match, 25-16.
Earlier, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Junior Tiger Spikers finished off the Adamson University (AdU) Junior Falcons in four sets, 25-14, 25-14, 24-26, 25-18.
Ateneo de Manila High School (AHS) Blue Eaglets survived a five-set thriller against the Far Eastern University (FEU) Junior Tamaraws, 18-25, 25-14, 19-25, 25-18, 15-11.
University of the East (UE) Junior Warriors swept the University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) Junior Maroons, 25-11, 25-13, 25-14.
The NU Bullpups and the UST Junior Tiger Spikers closed the elimination round with a 12-2 win-loss card. Since the Bullpups upset the Junior Tigers Spikers on Saturday, 25-16, 26-24, 25-17, the Bullpups landed at the top spot, while the Junior Tiger Spikers at second spot.
With an 11-3 record, the UE Junior Warriors sat at third place. The FEU Junior Tamaraws ended their campaign with an 8-6 slate to clinch the fourth seed despite their loss to Ateneo.
The Ateneo Blue Eaglets finished fifth with a 6-8 record, followed by their arch rivals La Salle Junior Archers with 5-9 card.
Holding a 2-12 slate, the Adamso Junior Falcons placed seventh, while the UPIS Junior Maroons remained winless at 0-14.