NU dismantles La Salle with ease to move on to another win of the perfect season

NU’s Bella Belen celebrates a point against La Salle. –UAAP MEDIA

The National University (NU) has proven that eliminating eliminations means something. And on Saturday night, he made sure La Salle understood the idea.

Playing with confidence and composure, the Lady Bulldogs closed the Lady Spikers – as they did the rest of the field throughout the season – to come on to win the UAAP Women’s 84th Volleyball Championship.

With their front line, all double-digit, the Lady Bulldogs made a huge triumph with 25-20, 25-12, 25-21, drowning out the large crowd at La Salle who came to the Mall of Asia Arena hoping to see the 14 National U’s -The series of victories in the game is over.

“I don’t know why, but our game changes every time we face La Salle,” said Mhicaela Belen, who scored 16 points for NU, in Filipino. “Maybe because we respect them so much that we are all in our elements when we face them.”

Alice Solomon added 15 points, while Ivy Lacsina and Princess Robles scored 12 points each for NU, which could finish its first title in 65 years with a victory in Tuesday’s Game 2, while completing the perfect season.

“The players are really motivated to play in the big games,” said NU coach Carl Dimakulangan. “They are doing their best. So maybe that’s all. That’s their motivation. “

The biggest motivation now is to end the season with a clean breakthrough to the championship. They have won 15 games so far, but Dimakulangan has chosen not to dwell on that yet.

However, it was a strong response to a statement from La Sal assistant coach Benson Bockbock on the eve of Match 1, when he said the 14-0 clean-up was “worthless” when it came to the finals.

“We used the shape of the ladder to prepare and see who we will face in the finals,” Dimakulangan said. “It’s good that we managed to do everything we prepared for. Although there are some things we need to work on in the next game. “

Something to work on

National U will try to deal with the nine unforced errors made in the third set, which basically allowed the Lady Spikers to keep the difference closer.

“Now we are happy because we won, but we made a lot of mistakes, especially in simple things,” said Solomon, who scored four of NU’s last five points. “These are the things we need to work on in training.

NU waited until the middle of the first set before unfolding their usual dominant sense, storming to a 16-9 lead.

But La Salle didn’t give up easily, threatening within 13-17, just to watch Solomon try consecutive aces to regain momentum in favor of Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bulldogs made more turns, 8-4, in the starting frame, but compensated with five kills against that of the Lady Spikers, which shook the determination of the wings of La Salle.

It was basically the same in the second, with the exception of the Lady Bulldogs, who were more ferocious as they buried Lady Spikers with a double-digit deficit to highlight another dominant outing.

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