MANILA, Philippines – For the first time in 65 years, the NU Lady Bulldogs are UAAP women’s volleyball champions after handing the La Salle Lady Spikers another rousing sweep to complete a 16-0 season run, 25-15, 25-15, 25-22, at the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday, June 21.
After being down 6-10 in the first set, newly crowned rookie MVP Bella Belen led NU’s massive 19-5 fightback with 9 attack points for a 25-15 finish. She ended up with 16 points in the win, trailing just Alyssa Solomon’s game-high 18.
Meanwhile, captain Cess Robles was named Finals MVP with 6 points and 15 excellent receptions.
The second set was hardly any different as even Best Libero Jen Nierva scored to give NU another double-digit gap, 18-8, leading to the Lady Bulldogs’ second straight 25-15 rout after a 7-1 start.
Although La Salle fought to a 20-17 lead, NU fired off one last pivotal 7-0 run for the 24-20 championship point before a Thea Gagate service error gifted the Lady Bulldogs their long-awaited championship.
Ivy Lacsina followed up Solomon and Belen with 8 points, while Nierva tallied 19 excellent digs and 10 excellent receptions.
For the second straight finals game, no La Salle player scored in double-digits as Gagate, the season’s 1st Best Middle Blocker, led the way with only 8 points, while Rookie of the Year contender Leiah Malaluan scored 7.
With their one last sweep, the Lady Bulldogs completed a stunning 12-0 set win run over the Lady Spikers this season alone in their four matches against each other. – Rappler.com
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