UAAP Volleyball: NU dominates La Salle in Game 1, close to the crown

Bella Belen of NU is celebrating a point vs. La Salle.

Bella Belen of NU is celebrating a point vs. La Salle. -UAP Media

A perfect season for Manila, Philippine-National University.

On Saturday night, Lady Bulldogra won the UAAP Season 84 at the Mall of Asia Arena for the 15th time in a series of embarrassing wins to claim women’s volleyball.

Demonstrating the attitude they had all season, NU defeated La Salle, 25-20, 25-12, 25-21 in Game 1 of their top three title series.

Another win in Tuesday’s Game 2 would give the Lady Bulldogs a clean sweep of the tournament and their first title since season 1957.

Mhicaela Belen added 16 points and Alyssa Solomon added 15. Lady Bulldogs had no answer to NU Firepower, including three of the last four points.

Ivy Laxina and Princess Robels scored 12 points for NU, which was never in danger throughout the match.

NU waited for the mid-first set before taking the storm to its usual dominant flair 16-9. But La Salle did not give up easily, only threatening between 13-17 that Alyssa Solomon had drilled back-to-back aces to swing the pace for Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bulldogs had a high turnover of 6-4 in the opening frame, but they created five kill-blocks against the Lady Spykers which shook the resolve of the La Salle Wing Spykers.

The same thing happened in the second, only Lady Bulldogs were so much more violent that they were left behind in double digits by dominating the lady spikers.

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