National U crushed La Salle-Dasmariñas with its power game, posting a relatively easy 25-17, 25-19, 25-17 victory on Saturday and bolstering its semifinal bid in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Collegiate Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Lady Bulldogs imposed their will and strength all throughout the 65-minute encounter, shook off a brief La Salle-Dasma fightback late in the second set before re-stamping their class in the third to fashion out the victory.
Carrying its 2-1 card in the elims, NU broke off a four-way tie with FEU, Arellano and UST to wrest solo second behind Ateneo, which swept the group stages for a 3-0 slate in the quarters of the league presented by PLDT Home Ultera.
No Lady Bulldog churned out double-digit outputs but the nine hits each by former stalwart and guest player Dindin Santiago-Manabat and younger sister Jaja Santiago and Myla Pablo proved enough to carry the Lady Bulldogs to the straight-set victory.
The Lady Bulldogs pounced on the Lady Patriots’ token net defense and reception, scoring 38 spikes against their rivals’ 21 with Ivy Perez accounting for 14 of NU’s excellent sets.
Skipper Jorelle Singh added eight points while Aiko Urdas, Marites Pablo, Jasmine Nabor, Rica Diolan and Perez combined for 10 points for NU, which faces another struggling rival St. Benilde (0-3) next week.
Meanwhile, FEU tries to tie NU at second as it plays St. Benilde at resumption of quarters action in the league sponsored by Shakey’s today.
The Lady Tams and the Lady Blazers clash at 12:45 p.m. to be aired live on GMA News TV Channel 11, according to the organizing Sports Vision.
UST and Arellano also dispute a share of second in the 3 p.m. encounter of another explosive twinbill in the conference backed by Mikasa and Accel.
The Lady Bulldogs sized up their Cavite-based rivals in the early going but the Santiagos, Pablo and Urdas stamped their class midway through to post the win.
La Salle-Dasma actually rallied to within three, 19-22, in the second set but Pablo rammed in a kill and the Lady Patriots committed a miscue while trying to set up a combination play, enabling the NU to go 2-0.
It was more of the same in the third with the Lady Bulldogs reasserting their might and handing the Lady Patriots their third loss against a win.
Iumi Yongco and Mariebeth Lara fired seven markers apiece for La Salle-Dasma while Cherry Nunag struggled with six points and former NU skipper groped for just three hits, the same score produced by the team’s other guest player, setter Gyzelle Sy.