Lady Bulldogs evade pesky UE in UAAP volleyball

By Ricky Manliguis

SAN JUAN—National University was again challenged by UE. But in the end, they survived yet again.

Dropping another set against the Lady Warriors, the Lady Bulldogs avoided a late-game meltdown to carve out a 25-15, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21 squeaker in Sunday action of the UAAP LXXIX women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

With Jaja Santiago on ballistc mode yet again, the wards of Coach Roger Gorayeb recovered from a disastrous third and mid-fourth set to improve to a 6-4 win-loss record and shook off the painful straight-set loss opposite defending champions De La Salle University.

The 6-foot-5 Santiago fired 20 of her 23 points on the attacking, including back-to-back hits that sealed the outcome. She also had three of the team’s 12 blocks.

Jorelle Singh also stepped up for NU with 17 points, with Fil-Japanese hitter Risa Sato the third double-digit scorer with 10.Setter Jasmine Nabor had eight points and 27 excellent sets.

UE made a stubborn stand in the game, taking advantage of NU’s 37 errors while firing 13 service aces, four coming from Shaya Adorador. It had one final push in the fourth, trimming a 14-17 deficit to come close at 21-23 before losing steam in the end.

Adorador was at her elements again for UE, now losers of three straight for a 1-9 record, with 16 points spiked on 12 attacks. Judith Abil added 10 points in the loss. 

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