National University (NU) came charging back from an opening set setback with a dominant performance in the next three to fashion out a 20-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-16 repeat victory over Far Eastern University and clinch the first finals slot in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12-Collegiate Conference on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan City.
Stung by the Lady Tams’ strong start, the Lady Bulldogs regrouped and re-imposed their strength—off set, combination and quick plays and blocking while coming through with a number of pick-ups that help slow down the Tams’ attacks, some they converted into hits.
“We hardly communicated in the first set. But we settled down in time and got the win,” said Myla Pablo in Filipino, who led the Lady Bulldogs’ attack with 23 hits highlighted by four blocks. She also accounted for seven of the team’s 43 digs and emerged the game’s top player.
Jaja Santiago, using her height advantage to score on quick sets, added 17 markers while Aiko Urdas chipped in 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who also pulled off a four-setter, 25-15, 25-22, 25-27, 25-23, over the Lady Tams in the opener of their best-of-three semis series last Saturday in the league sponsored by Shakey’s and presented by PLDT Home Ultera.
The sweep sent the second seeded NU to the championship of the mid-season offering of the league backed by Mikasa and Accel where top hitter and guest player Dindin Santiago-Manabat is expected to suit up after a stint with the national team in an Asian club tournament in Vietnam.
Guest player Jovelyn Gonzaga and skipper Remy Palma scored 11 hits apiece for FEU, which also drew 10 markers from Toni Basas and six hits from Royce Tubino.