NU completes sweep of Ateneo to win V-League title
MANILA, Philippines – The National University Lady Bulldogs beat the Ateneo Lady Eagles in Game 2 of the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference finals in 5 sets, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 21-25, 15-4, to complete a sweep of the series and win their third overall championship in tournament history on Wednesday, September 14, at the Philsports Arena.
Led by the play of conference MVP Jaja Santiago, the Lady Bulldogs raced off to a 9-3 lead in the fifth set and didn’t look back the rest of the way before securing the victory and title.
Santiago recorded 23 kills and 4 block points for a total of 27 points, while Jorelle Singh added 16 points. Jasmine Nabor, who was named Finals MVP, finished with 14 points and recorded 43 excellent sets.
The Lady Bulldogs outspiked their opponents, 58-47, and also had more block kills, 14-5.
NU, which also won the collegiate conference championship last V-League season, beat Ateneo in 5 sets as well during Game 1 this past Monday.
Bea De Leon led Ateneo with 14 points, while Jho Maraguinot and Michelle Morente each had 13 points. Jia Morado finished with 48 excellent sets.
UP beats FEU in 4 sets, finishes as third place
In the earlier game, the UP Lady Maroons defeated the FEU Lady Tamaraws in 4 sets, 25-18, 25-21, 32-34, 25-21, in Game 2 of their best-of-3 series for the battle of third place.
But following NU’s two-game sweep of Ateneo, UP automatically wins the bronze medal of the tournament due to a higher score which gives them the tie-breaker.
Isa Molde and Nicole Tiamzon sparked UP with 24 points apiece as the team out-spiked FEU, 68-54. Toni Rose Basas led FEU with 19 points, while Jerrili Malabanan had 15 points.
Lady Tamaraws veteran Bernadeth Pons returned from an ankle injury, but was used on Wednesday as a libero. – Rappler.com
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