Lady Bulldogs advanced to the second round from unbeaten

Michela Belen (right) tactfully leaves Alyssa Bartolano behind.  -UAP Media

Michela Belen (right) tactfully leaves Alyssa Bartolano behind. -UAP Media

The longest streak in the history of women’s volleyball at the National University was extended to seven games on Thursday when Lady Bulldogs defeated the University of the Philippines 25-10, 25-20, 25-15 at the UAAP Season 84 Asia Arena. In the town of Pasay.

“We needed this win because it kept us going in the second round,” said Filipino national coach Carl Dimakulangan.

“We have a relatively young team, and this sweep inspires my players to continue their rigorous preparation,” added Dimakulangan. National’s best start in the 76th and 80th seasons was 6-1.

Adamson also finished at the height of his first round after losing to Lady Falcons University of the East 25-23, 25-20, 25-18.

May Ann Nuick drilled 15 points and Lorraine Turing added 14 for the Lady Falcons, who were out with a 4-3 slate as they faced the Lady Warriors for their seventh straight defeat.

“We have a relatively young team, and this sweep inspires my players to continue their rigorous preparation,” added Dimakulangan. National’s best start in the 76th and 80th seasons was 6-1.

Although it was relatively easy for National and Adamson, the University of Santo Thomas (UST) worked hard before snapping Atenio’s three-game winning streak in the next game.

With a 25-19, 25-21, 29-31, 33-31 win in the Golden Tigers marathon, Aya Lauren advanced 31 points to UST 5-2 and the Lady Eagles also faced their fourth loss in seven games.

The match lasted about 2-1 / 2 hours and UST coach Kung Fu Reyes said that such an experience would surely serve his spikers well for the rest of the tournament.

“It’s good that my players have gone through this kind of match যেন it’s like we’ve played six sets,” Reyes said in Filipino.

“I like to see that their fighting spirit was there the whole time.”

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