Lady Bulldog have their hearts set on winning the UAAP title

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WITH another Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference title tucked under its belt, National University is setting its sights on a first UAAP women’s volleyball crown this season.

And the Lady Bulldogs will fancy their chances to break the stranglehold of La Salle and Ateneo in the tournament as star Jaja Santiago has found a perfect compliment in setter Jasmine Nabor, who flourished in the V-League finals.

Converted to setter from a utility spiker, Nabor gave Santiago the platform to flash dominant form, while contributing with key spikes in the close, twogame sweep of the Lady Eagles.

Nabor showcased her best performance with 14 hits and several excellent sets in the title-clinching 19-25, 25-18, 2522, 21-25, 15-4 win in Game 2 at Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

The Santiago-Nabor duo could be the key for the Lady Bulldogs to finally nail a UAAP crown.

“I think we work well together,” Santiago said in Filipino after delivering 27 points in Game 2. “I always look to her every game. We’re familiar with each other’s game because we’ve known each other since high school.”

Santiago remained cautious, though, in declaring the Lady Bulldogs as the heavy favorites in the UAAP tournament.

GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

SHAKEYS V LEAGUE MVP'S NU Lady Bulldogs head coach Roger Gorayeb (left) celebrates with Jasmine Nabor, MVP of the finals, and the coaching staff after emerging the Shakeys V League champs in the Philsport Arena in Pasig City Wedensday. The NU Lady Bulldogs defeated the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

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