NU's Jaja Santiago eyes the ball for a spike against UE. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) outclassed the game but overmatched University of East (UE) to keep the Lady Warriors winless in the UAAP Season 77 women's volleyball tournament Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Bulldogs overcame an inspired performance from the Lady Warriors in the first set and then cruised in the second and third sets to claim a 25-22, 25-11, and 25-17 victory.
UE kept within striking distance in Set 1, and was still within two points, 22-24, after an attack from NU's Rizza Mandapat went long. But UE's chance at an upset was shuttered by rookie Jorelle Singh, who smashed an open hit to wrap up the set.
NU simply dominated the second set, with UE struggling to have a good first ball and unable to set up their plays. The Lady Warriors played better in the third set, but NU veteran Myla Pablo came up big down the stretch to help the Lady Bulldogs seal the win in just over an hour.
"Gusto namin na 'yung totoong laro namin, maipakita namin," said Pablo after she was named Player of the Game.
Pablo finished with 13 points on 11 attacks and two blocks, while Jaja Santiago added 10 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
The Lady Bulldogs had 33 attacks to 25 for the Lady Warriors, but it was UE's unforced errors that doomed their campaign. The Lady Warriors committed 32 unforced errors in the match, 13 in the first set alone.
NU has now won two consecutive games and totes a 2-2 win-loss record, tied with Adamson University and Far Eastern University for a share of the third spot.
UE slumped to its fourth consecutive defeat. Leuseht Dawis led the Lady Warriors with 13 points, and Shaya Adorador added 10 points.
But the Lady Warriors may have lost promising player Jasmine Alcayde to a right ankle sprain. Alcayde collided with Pablo in the first set and tried to play through the pain, but was taken out of the match after the second set and did not return.