Santiago, NU send UST’s Final Four hopes crashing

Naveen Ganglani
Santiago, NU send UST’s Final Four hopes crashing

Josh Albelda

National U is behind UP and FEU for the final two slots of the Final Four round

MANILA, Philippines – In a game that was critical for both teams’ UAAP Final Four aspirations, the NU Lady Bulldogs defeated the UST Golden Tigresses in a 5-set thriller, 19-25, 25-11, 25-16, 21-25, 15-8, on Sunday, April 3, at the San Juan Arena.

Jaja Santiago led NU with 22 points as the team improved to a 7-6 record in the Season 78 women’s volleyball elimination round. UST dropped to 5-8, falling out of Final Four contention.

The Tigresses won the first set in impressive fashion, but let NU dominate them in set two. The Lady Bulldogs rode the momentum to win the third set and then lost the fourth set thanks to the impressive play of Cherry Rondina and EJ Laure.

But the Lady Bulldogs scored the first 5 points in the final set and took control the rest of the way.

UP and FEU, which will play each other on Sunday, stay ahead of NU in the league standings with identical 7-5 records. –

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