Lady Bull­dogs eye sweep, PVL crown

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By KRISTINA VIL­LANUEVA

Na­tional Uni­ver­sity guns for a first-ever sweep of a Pre­mier Volleyball League crown to­day as it slugs it out with a Far Eastern U side rar­ing for a come­back in Game Two of the Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence Fi­nals at the Filoil Fly­ing V Cen­ter in San Juan.

The Lady Bull­dogs hope to ride the mo­men­tum of their un­beaten run dat­ing from the elim­i­na­tions of the sea­son-end­ing con­fer­ence of the league or­ga­nized by Sports Vi­sion, seek­ing to fin­ish off the Lady Bull­dogs in their 6:30 p.m. clash and com­plete a nine-game sweep of the cham­pi­onship.

NU carved out a 25-22, 2125, 25-18, 26-24 vic­tory in the opener of their best-of-three se­ries late Wed­nes­day but only af­ter sur­viv­ing a fourth set melt­down on FEU’s back-to-back mis­cues at endgame.

“I gave them the op­por­tu­nity to stay calm un­der pres­sure. Next is for them to know how to fo­cus, be­come more ma­ture and han­dle sit­u­a­tions ag­gres­sively be­cause they lost their ag­gres­sive­ness in the end,” said NU coach Babes Castillo, not­ing how his charges are still learn­ing to find the right bal­ance be­tween be­ing re­laxed and be­ing as­sertive.

Jaja San­ti­ago sus­tained her 20-point num­bers for the Lady Bull­dogs since their semis sweep of the Arel­lano Lady Chiefs, scor­ing 23 points built on 15 hits, four blocks and four aces in their Game One vic­tory. The 6-4 na­tional team main­stay is again ex­pected to im­pose her will and power along with team­mates Risa Sato, Jorelle Singh, Aiko Ur­das and ace play­maker Jas­mine Na­bor.

But the Lady Ta­ma­raws are far from be­ing fin­ished with coach Ge­orge Pas­cua con­fi­dent of his wards’ abil­ity to rise from the chal­lenge the way they did in their Fi­nal Four duel with the Adam­son Lady Fal­cons.

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