Lady Bulldogs sweep Lady Eagles behind Pablo
MANILA, Philippines -- Myla Pablo sizzled as the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs cruised to a 25-15, 25-12, 26-24 win over Ateneo de Manila University before more than 7, 000 roaring fans in the 10th Shakey's V-League First Conference quarterfinals Sunday at The Arena.
UAAP Best Attacker Pablo led the Lady Bulldogs’ onslaught, tallying 13 points while UAAP Rookie of the Year Aiko Urdas added 10.
NU, which drew 9 markers apiece from the towering duo of sisters Dindin and Jaja Santiago, was solid with their floor defense to take the fight out from the Lady Eagles early on.
“We’re happy because this is a big win. We beat Ateneo and I told the girls to just enjoy the game and let’s give our best,” quipped new NU coach Edjet Mabbayad, who took over from the coaching reins from coach Francis Vicente.
Behind guest player Rachel Ann Daquis, Ateneo zoomed to a 10-6 lead in the third set but a series of errors from Alyssa Valdez, Mae Tajima and Marge Tejada cost them the game.
Daquis pushed the Lady Eagles to set point in the third, 24-23 before Pablo, Santiago and Urdas took turns in closing the match with three consecutive points that ultimately broke the hearts of the legions of Ateneo fans.
“Rubie (De Leon), our setter did a good job in setting her teammates and our service was pretty good,” added Mabbayad, a former FEU spiker.
No Ateneo volleybelle was able to score in double-digits as Daquis paced the team with her 8 points.
Valdez, meanwhile, was held to a sordid 8-point performance for the Lady Eagles who slid to a 2-1 record. - Rappler.com