MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) The National University Lady Bulldogs continued their blistering run in the first round of the UAAP Season 84 women's volleyball tournament, Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Lady Bulldogs made quick work of a reeling Far Eastern University squad, 25-10, 25-11, 25-12, to improve to 6-0 in the season.
It was another comprehensive victory for National U, with head coach Karl Dimaculangan fielding in three different setters and using most of his reserves against an FEU team that has now lost three consecutive games.
This is NU's first victory against the Lady Tamaraws since the second round of UAAP Season 77, snapping an eight-match losing streak. They did so in rapid fashion, completing the sweep in just an hour and 25 minutes.
Rookie star Michaela Belen had 12 points, all on kills, and Ivy Lacsina added 10 markers. Starting setter Camilla Lamina earned Player of the Game honors as she tallied 14 excellent sets before sitting out the final frame, making way for Kamille Cal.
"Sinabihan ko lang naman 'ynug mga players namin na maglaro lang sila ng maayos. Na-execute din namin 'yung training namin, so okay naman," said NU head coach Karl Dimaculangan.
The Lady Bulldogs experienced little trouble against FEU, as the Lady Tamaraws managed only 12 kills throughout the encounter. After giving away 38 points in a four-set win against University of Santo Tomas last Saturday, NU cleaned up its act and committed just 17 unforced errors this time around.
Dimaculangan sent in his reserves in the third frame, with the likes of Erin Pangilinan and France Ronquillo still delivering in limited minutes.
"Nire-ready lang namin 'yung team sa mas mahirap na situation," the coach said. "Prepared naman lahat 'yung team namin. Kahit naman sino, naka-ready lang, once na tinawag. Thankful naman ako kasi nag-deliver sila."
For FEU, it was another disappointing result as they dropped to 1-5 in the tournament. Chenie Tagaod and Jean Asis scored five points each, but team captain Lycha Ebon was held scoreless after coming off the bench in the second and third sets.