Tue. Nov 22nd, 2022

The NU Lady Bulldogs are claiming another title, this time in the Shakey’s Super League, at the expense of the La Salle Lady Spikers. SSL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines β€” National University beat Shakey’s dominance at the opening of the Super League Collegiate Preseason Conference, beating La Salle in sets 25-23, 25-20, 25-20 in a winner-take-all final held in front of a packed crowd on Saturday. expanded at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The Lady Bulldogs put their mastery at the Lady Spikers to complete an eight-game tournament sweep and rise to the top of the preseason league with eight UAAP teams and 10 NCAA teams.

Bella Belen, Alyssa Solomon and Ces Robles spearhead NU’s balanced attack five months ago after a historic 16-0 season in the UAAP women’s volleyball finals to tackle La Salle’s tough fight in each set and complete the championship streak without another injury. he did. here they also swept Lady Spikers in the best of three series.

Solomon scored 14 points built on 10 nails, three aces and a block. An hour and 37 minutes later, he landed two consecutive kills in the third set to seal NU’s championship. Belen and Robles had 10 and nine points respectively, setter Lams Lamina provided the great plays and libero Jennifer Nierva secured the spot.

“It was worth it for the players because their hard work paid off,” said Karl Dimaculangan, NU coach at Fipino. “But even if we win another championship, it won’t stop us from improving our game and trying to be more consistent. We always find a way to improve every tournament and every game.”

β€œLa Salle and the other UAAP teams have improved as I played with them this pre-season. I just reminded my players to play our game and control the tempo,” he added.

Lady Bulldogs jumped on Lady Spikers, who missed the services of libero Justine Jazareno, senior spiker Jolina Dela Cruz and Matet Espina, who had been sitting in the match since the opening day of the UAAP Season 85 women’s beach volleyball tournament. .

Dimaculangan won his second title as the school’s head coach after leading his wards to a historic Season 84 championship that ended his 65-year championship stint. This was the Lady Bulldogs’ first pre-season crown since Jaja Santiago completed the ‘three peat’ in the 2018 Premier Volleyball League College Conference.

Led by rookie Vangie Alinsug and backup setter Joyme Cagande, the Lady Bulldogs’ second unit also proved they have what it takes to lead the team by shining on SSL’s all-to-play rule and starting 16-5. The second set that forced Lady Spikers coach Noel Orcullo to take the starting players onto the field.

La Salle cleared a 22-16 deficit in the second set and scored three straight points from Angel Canino’s ace and Aleiah Malaluan’s attack, bringing the score to three, 22-19. However, Lady Spikers gave up three mandatory errors that gave the Lady Bulldogs the two-set lead.

NU wiped out La Salle’s 17-15 lead in the third set and scored five consecutive missed points to turn the situation 20-17, keeping their opponents at bay before Solomon punched the championship-defining kill from a broken game.

Promising in her first tournament as Lady Announcer, Canino led her team with 14 points and was content with the silver medal. Malaluan and Leila Cruz each had seven points, while Thea Gagate each scored eight.


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