Lady Bull­dogs tar­get crown

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MANILA - Na­tional Uni­ver­sity sets out for a rare feat in the Pre­mier Volleyball League to­day, eye­ing no less than a sweep of the Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence crown against Far Eastern U at the Filoil Fly­ing V Cen­ter in San Juan.

The Lady Bull­dogs pounced on the Lady Tams’ late mis­cues and pounded out a 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24 vic­tory in the opener of their best-of-three ti­tle se­ries late Wed­nes­day. And un­less the un­der­handed Mo­rayta-based squad could neu­tral­ize NU’s power and edge in ex­pe­ri­ence and match its endgame poise, the Lady Bull­dogs could be on their way to com­plet­ing a nine-game sweep of the sea­son-end­ing con­fer­ence crown of the league or­ga­nized by Sports Vi­sion.

Af­ter his wards scram­bled at the fin­ish that en­abled the Lady Tams to threaten in Game One, NU coach Babes Castillo this time ex­pects the Lady Bull­dogs to come out of their 6:30 p.m. clash fiercer and con­fi­dent.

“We’ve seen some ral­lies that we could've con­trolled right away. But like I said hindi pa nila makuha ang bal­ance on be­ing re­laxed and as­sertive," said Castillo of his wards.

The match can be viewed live via stream­ing on www.sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/pvl.

But the Lady Tams will have to worry more on how to defuse the 6-4 Jaja San­ti­ago, who fired 15 kills, in­clud­ing four kill blocks, in their fourset win that also saw Risa Sato score 12 mark­ers, Au­drey Paran de­liver 11 points and Jorelle Singh and Aiko Ur­das com­bine for 17 hits.

Ur­das also came up with 16 digs as the Lady Bull­dogs sur­vived the Lady Tams’ 14-ace out­ing.

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