After appearing unscathed at the end of the elimination round to book a direct berth in the National University (NU) UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Final, coach Carl Dimakulangan had a message for his team.
“I have to remind my players that our work is not over yet,” Dimakulangan said.
Apparently, there is no need for reminders.
Lady Bulldogs overcome the final hurdle to sweep the preliminary 14-game by blanking out the University of Santo Thomas (UST) at Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday, 25-22, 29-27, 25-17.
And the young stars of National U have matured enough that the rare celebrity is just part of the bigger picture.
“We will enjoy this 14-0 now,” said Libero Jennifer Nierva. “It simply came to our notice then. We will celebrate today but we will return to work tomorrow. ”
NU has not won a championship in the tournament since the 1956-57 season, and the dry spell was not near the end, despite being driven by Lady Bulldogs superstar sisters Jaza Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat.
“I am just happy and grateful. Our hard work has been reflected. We hope there will be a high level of challenge in the championship, “added Nierva.
The question, of course, is who Nirvana and her teammates will face. And a terrific stapler will spit out the semifinal answer.
Adamson is alive
The Adamson put the Lady Falcons in a position to challenge NU’s unbeaten run after a 25-23, 17-25, 25-16, 26-24 game win over the Lady Spykers in La Salle, behind Louis Romero’s great playmaking. Days.
“We have worked hard, that’s all; We reminded the players that they really have to work for every point, “said Adamson head coach Larma Giron, who at one point in the game asked his wardens not to settle down.
Later in the night, Atenio beat the University of the Philippines, 19-25, 25-11, 25-18, 25-19, and the defending champions Blue Eagles and Lady Falcons 8-6. -A play-off will be held on Saturday for the 4th place
The winner of that match will double with the No. 3 Tigers, who finished with a 9-5 record.
The winner of that sudden-death showdown advanced to the next step against No. 2 La Salle (10-4). In that showdown, Lady Spykers will have a double-bit.
Anyone who survives that matchup will have the right to challenge NU for the title.
“We are thrilled and personally grateful to the players,” said Dimakulangan. “It simply came to our notice then. But we expected these kinds of games to be intense. “
Intensity increased in the second set, when the Tigers dropped Lady Bulldog into a 16-20 hole. But a few tidy shots of NU-dominated hitters like Alyssa Solomon, Princess Robbels and Mahikela Belen confuse the UST assembly.
“It simply came to our notice then. We have made many sacrifices, especially in the bubble where we have not seen our family often, ”said Solomon. But we will use it all for the championship [our sacrifices] As inspiration. “
The last time a school boycotted was when Atenio ruled Season 77.
In the opening match, University of the East won its first win of the season with a 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21 win against Eastern University. The Lady Warriors and Lady Tamarus both finished the season with a 1-13 record.
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