NU officially booked the No. 1 spot, adding a dash of history to Bella Belen’s victory

NU's Bella Belen's role in Lady Bulldogs' recent victory.  UAAP pictures

NU’s Bella Belen’s role in Lady Bulldogs’ recent victory. UAAP pictures

Occupying the top spot was a matter of formality for the National University (NU). But Michela “Bella” Belen has sprinkled a little history on Lady Bulldogs ’win in UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball to make it something special.

Belen set a league record with eight Service Ses as the University of the Philippines (UP) ranked NU No. 1 at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday 25-15, 25-10, 25-15.

Apparently, the feat was unplanned for the sly outside of NU’s Nazareth School. In fact, he came up with a mentality that was quite the opposite.

“I keep telling myself that every time I serve, I don’t feel ace,” said the former high school’s most valuable player. “I just want to be on target. I have been told before that I do not need to give too much energy to my survey because I have a tendency to make mistakes. ”

Dzi tied

“I’m glad I made up for the mistakes I made in the last game,” Belen added, after matching former Atenio star DJ Garvacio’s UAAP record, who also scored eight aces in the 2013 win over UP.

Belen has already set the record early in the second set by nailing back-to-back aces for a 9-2 spread as NU finished with a total of 13 tails on the way to a one-sided victory after one hour and 26 minutes.

He was injured with 16 points, eight assists, as NU finished his first No. 1 seed with his 12th win in the Final Four.

Two more wins will go to Lady Bulldogs, who are pack leaders from day one, straight to the final.

Shina Toring chipped in 11 points on eight strikes, two aces and one block. Ivy Lacsina and Alyssa Solomon added eight points and captain Ces Rebels added seven.

Gain confidence

In another show of depth, the NU setter also draws stronger performances from Lams Laminar, who made 17 excellent sets, and Libero Jennifer Nierva, who defended the floor with 18 digs and nine receptions.

“What’s important at this moment, with Nirmul [round] We are going to have the confidence to make it to the final four or whatever happens next, “said NU coach Carl Dimakulangan, whose wards have dropped to sixth place in UP and are at risk of losing 5-6 (win-loss) in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, Eya Laure and Ypril Tapia led the University of Santo Thomas (UST) to a 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 25-12 victory over Far Eastern University, which stopped the two-game tailspin by the Tigers.

UST (8-4) is making a last-breath effort to corner No. 2 spot, which would be a key position in the final four if NU booked the berth directly into the final. Even if NU somehow misses a perfect record, the No. 2 team will still have a crucial edge in the playoffs due to double beat protection.

La Salle, which beat the University of the East, finished second with a 25-3, 25-19, 25-22, later Friday, 9-3 record.

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