Lady Bulldogs stay unmoved; Lady Falcons earn the No. 3 ranking

National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs on Saturday extended its new start to the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball championship by defeating University Santo Tomas (UST) in four sets, 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-15, at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.

The Lady Bulldogs also overcame a third-set deficit to sweep the Golden Tigresses and earn their fifth consecutive victory. At the same time, Adamson maintained its revival with a 23-25, 25-9, 25-18, 25-18 win over Far Eastern University (FEU), earning the Lady Falcons their third consecutive victory.

Tigresses won the third set after Lady Bulldogs made 17 errors

Erratic
In Filipino, National U head coach Karl Dimaculangan stated, “We made many mistakes, which is something we need to do on moving forward.”

Alyssa Solomon led NU with 17 points, while Michaela Belen contributed 16 points, 11 digs, and 11 outstanding receptions.

This time, the NU defense limited Eya Laure to just 18 points after scoring 28 in back-to-back games.

Tuesday at 6 p.m., National will face Far Eastern, a team it has defeated in its last four meetings. The Lady Tamaraws will be licking their wounds following a setback to the Lady Falcons.

Adamson, who had lost its previous two games, tied Santo Tomas on the strength of 17 points scored by Lucille Almonte. Even though she only participated in three sets, Kate Santiago contributed 14 points for the Lady Falcons.

Feeling of urgency
In Filipino, Adamson’s coach, Lerma Giron, said, “We knew that FEU truly desired this game. Therefore I told my players that the key to victory would be to match or exceed their effort.”

Trisha Genesis contributed 11 points and seven outstanding catches, while May Ann Nuique and Rizza Cruz scored 10 for the Lady Falcons.

Adamson played with the urgency Giron mentioned as the Lady Falcons went on a 14-3 run in the second set to defeat Far Eastern. It was all Adamson from that point on.

Nikka Medina led the Lady Tamaraws, whose record fell to 1-4, with 13 points and eight great digs.

On Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., Adamson will face UST.

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