National University's duo of James Buytago and Pol Salvador turned back University of Santo Tomas' Efraem Dimaculangan and Rancel Varga, 12-21, 21-17, 15-12, in the opening day of the UAAP men's beach volleyball tournament at Sands SM By The Bay Friday.
After dropping the first set against the 3-peat seeking Tiger Spikers, the Bulldogs leveled the match for a deciding third set.
Salvador's kill started NU's 5-0 run for a 10-8 lead which later resulted to a win for the Bulldogs.
It was a morale-boosting win for NU after opening the season with a shock loss to De La Salle's Noel Kampton and Vince Maglinao, 21-12, 15-21, 11-15.
The Bulldogs improved to 1-1.
Meanwhile, Ateneo's Abai Llenos and Amil Pacinio beat Far Eastern University's Jelord Talisayan and Vincent Nadera, 21-15, 21-15, and Adamson University's Ned Pacquing and Francis Casas, 21-19, 21-14, to stay unbeaten in 2 games.
It was a massive turnaround for the Blue Eagles, who were winless in the league's most recent competition in 2019.
De La Salle also went 2-0 following a 21-19, 21-11 romp of University of the Philippines' Daniel Nicolas and Louis Gamban.
The Fighting Maroons, who claimed a 21-15, 21-11 win over the Falcons in the morning session, dropped to 1-1.