NU Bullpups retain UAAP volley crown

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FAITH Nisperos delivered in the deciding set as National University (NU) won its second consecutive girls crown by outlasting University of Santo Tomas (UST), 25-23, 14-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-8, on Saturday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 high school volleyball tournament at the Adamson University gym.

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Nisperos, last season’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), scored back-to-back aces to give the Bullpups a 7-4 lead midway in the deciding set and never looked back to complete a two-game sweep of the best-of-three title series.

The Junior Tigresses, who won the championship two seasons ago, failed to avenge their last year’s Finals loss.

As a consolation for UST, Eya Laure was named the tournament MVP while her teammate Det Pepito took home the Best Receiver honors.

NU had the most number of individual awardees with Rookie of the Year winner Thea Gagate, Best Blocker Sheena Toring and Best Setter Joyme Cagande.

De La Salle-Zobel also won awards courtesy of Best Scorer Jules Samonte and Best Digger Bela Peralta.

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