UAAP Volleyball: Dindin Santiago scores 23 as Lady Bulldogs sweep UE
MANILA, Philippines – Dindin Santiago registered a season high 23 points as National University made short work of University of the East, 25-12, 25-18, 25-13, in the 76th UAAP Women’s Volleyball tournament, Sunday, February 2 at The Arena in San Juan City.
Gunning for a twice-to-beat edge come playoffs, the Lady Bulldogs were in their usual ruthless mode as they extend their winning streak to 8 games and improve their record to 10-1 at the expense of the still win-less Lady Warriors.
UE took off to a good start as they were able to keep up with the Lady Bulldogs in the early goings until Santiago emerged out of thin air and turned a slim 11-9 edge to a 10-point bubble en route to a 25-12 thumping of the Lady Warriors in the opening set.
The Recto Avenue-based side once again put on a gallant stand in the second frame behind the heroics of Ma. Shaya Adorador but they could not sustain their game going until the end as NU pulled away from a 16-14 lead to a 25-18 second set win.
Already assured of a playoffs berth, NU earned a little bit of cushion over third placers Ateneo de Manila – who are currently at 7-4 – after romping away with a 25-13 third set triumph.
Of Santiago’s 23 markers, 13 of which came from attacks and a whopping eight from service ace production.
NU will try to take their 11th win this season against University of the Philippines on Wednesday, February 5 while the Lady Warriors – who drops to 0-11 – will face Ateneo on Saturday, February 8. - Rappler.com