MANILA, Philippines—National University picked up its fifth consecutive win after dispatching University of Santo Tomas, 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-15, in the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Lady Bulldogs built a commanding lead in the fourth set and never looked back with Bella Belen and Alyssa Solomon producing timely hits while an attack error from Ysa Jimenez sealed the win.
Solomon topped the scoring for NU with 17 points while Belen put on an all-around showing with 16 points, 11 digs, and 11 excellent receptions for the Lady Bulldogs, who solidified their hold of the top spot with a 5-0 card.
“We don’t think about who we’re facing, we just see to it that we respect each and every opponent,” said NU head coach Karl Dimaculangan in Filipino.
Sheena Toring added 13 points while Ivy Lacsina and captain Princess Robles chipped on 11 and 10, respectively.
Camilla Lamina, who produced five double-digit scorers in the match, had 23 excellent sets while Jennifer Nierva had 15 excellent receptions and 15 excellent digs.
The Lady Bulldogs had a sloppy rocky third set with 17 errors, allowing the Tigresses to extend the match.
“If you look at it, our errors are very alarming. Even though, we’re winning that’s one of the things that we need to work on,” said Dimaculangan.
Eya Laure, who was coming off back-to-back 28-point performances, did the heavy lifting anew with 18 points to go along with 13 excellent digs and eight excellent receptions for UST, which dropped to a 3-2 slate.
NU goes for six in a row against FEU on Tuesday at 6 p.m. while UST faces the surging Adamson earlier at 4 p.m.
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