Sun. May 28th, 2023

Bella Belen leads NU Woman Bulldogs to twice-to-beat edge in UAAP ladies’s volleyball. –UAAP PHOTO

At this level, Nationwide College (NU) will proceed to cleansing up its sport so it may proceed with the enterprise of defending its crown.

And the Woman Bulldogs had just a few of these kinks uncovered of their final elimination spherical sport of the season.

“We are going to take a look at what actually occurred to us on this sport,” mentioned Bella Belen after NU needed to battle again from two units down firstly of the match earlier than holding off also-ran Ateneo, 21-25, 28-30, 25-14, 25-13, 15-13, on Saturday to formally lay declare to the second twice-to-beat bonus within the UAAP Season 85 ladies’s volleyball event.

“We’re completely satisfied that we acquired the twice-to-beat, however we have now to play higher subsequent time by beginning the sport proper,’’ added final yr’s Rookie of the Yr-Most Beneficial Participant winner after ending with 26 factors on 25 assaults whereas including 19 receptions and 15 digs.

Surprisingly, the Woman Bulldogs wanted every bit of her efficiency. And they’re going to want it transferring ahead, too.

The Closing 4 pairings gained’t be cemented till Sunday’s schedule however until destiny intervenes, NU’s title protection will finally run via league-leading La Salle in a extremely anticipated championship showdown.

And the Woman Spikers closed out their elimination spherical calendar way more convincingly than the reigning queens did.

La Salle yielded nothing to College of the East and ran off with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 victory within the different match at Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan.

La Salle appears to be in the proper head area too because it presses on with its title bid.

Work more durable

La Salle Woman Spikers within the UAAP Season 85. –UAAP PHOTO

“We can not afford to calm down. We wish to preserve our efficiency at a excessive degree as we method the semifinals,’’ mentioned La Salle assistant coach Noel Orcullo.

La Salle (13-1, win-loss) will battle the No. 4 group whereas NU (11-3) will tackle. the No. 3 seed within the semifinals. College of Santo Tomas and Adamson are tied at 9-4 and, after Sunday’s matches repair their remaining positions, might want to beat their semifinal foes twice in a row to progress to the Finals.

“We’re wanting ahead to the semis,” mentioned rookie Angel Canino, who had 13 factors for the Woman Spikers. “We are going to are available in ready no matter who we face.’’

Nonetheless the pairings go, NU is aware of it might want to work more durable than final season after they cruised to the crown undefeated.

“We’ll research our previous video games, what occurred, why the end result was the way in which it was, why we carried out the way in which we did and solely then will we have a look at our opponents. We’ll begin [working] on ourselves,” setter Camilla Lamina mentioned.

Identical confidence

However whereas the defending champions not have the posh of an unbeaten run, they nonetheless possess the identical confidence degree.

“We’d not have gained all our video games this time, however the season isn’t over but. We’ll simply follow our objective and to the issues we have to do to attain that objective,’’ mentioned Belen.

“We simply must be assured in what we do. We now have to be disciplined on the ground and decrease these errors,’’ mentioned Lamina.

Alyssa Solomon had 25 factors constructed on 22 kills in opposition to Ateneo whereas Sheena Toring added 13 factors and 4 blocks. Princess Robles contributed 11 factors for the Woman Bulldogs, who will soar into the Closing 4 on the wings on a six-game successful run.

Vanessa Gandler, enjoying her remaining season with Ateneo, scored on 16 assaults en route to twenty factors whereas accumulating and 16 receptions. Religion Nisperos, who was noncommittal on a return to Katipunan, posted 17 factors, eight digs and three blocks.

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