Jaja Santiago dominated anew with her intimidating presence as National University whipped Technological Institute of the Philippines, 25-17, 25-17, 25-18, to wrest the solo lead in Group A of the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig on Monday.
Santiago hammered in 14 kills and finished with 19 hits while Jasmine Nabor continued to dish out top form, setting up Santiago and the rest of NU’s spikers, finishing with 49 excellent sets as the Lady Bulldogs picked up their second straight win to get past erstwhile leader San Sebastian College (2-1) in Group A of the two-division tournament sponsored by Shakey’s.
Santiago was coming off a 27-point performance while Nabor a 50-set effort in a 25-22, 29-27, 25-21 victory over a Grethcel Soltones-led San Sebastian College side last week.
“They (Santiago and Nabor) were clicking for the second straight game so we try to feed on that,” said NU assistant coach Edjet Mabbayad, who is handling the team in the absence of head coach Roger Gorayeb, who is the US.
The Lady Engineers dropped to 1-1 after pulling the rug from under a fancied but injury-plagued Ateneo Lady Eagles, 26-24, 14-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12, last Wednesday, in the mid-season conference of the league backed by Mikasa as official ball and Accel as official outfitter.
Guest player Mylene Paat topscored for TIP with 11 hits but failed to draw double-digit backup from the rest with Gayle Layug finishing with six markers and Faith Maturan and Rochelle Fidel adding with five points apiece.
In Spikers’ Turf Season 2 Collegiate Conference, University of the Philippines edged National College of Business and Arts in a thrilling five-setter, hacking out a 25-12, 27-25, 23-25, 25-27, 15-13 to match Ateneo’s 2-0 start in Group B.
The Maroons actually got clobbered in spikes, 51-66, but made up with its solid blocking, 12-2, and serves which produced 10 aces, two more than the Wildcats, who charged back after dropping the first two sets only to lose down the stretch.
Skipper Alfred Valbuena fired 23 hits, Evan Raymundo added 12 and Niccolo Consuelo and Mark Millete chipped in 10 markers for the Maroons.
NCBA slid to 0-2.
Earlier, National U clobbered Philippine Merchant Marine School, 25-18, 25-20, 25-15, to likewise tie Perpetual Help in the Group A lead with 2-0 slates.
Madzlan Gampong, Francis Saura and James Natividad combined for 39 points as the Bulldogs overpowered the Mariners, 46-29, in spikes and had six blocks and four service aces against their rivals one and two, respectively.
PMMS also took its second straight loss.