NU Lady Bulldogs clean up season to end 65 years of drought for UAAP volleyball title

NU Lady Bulldogs complete the cleanup of season 84 of the UAAP on the way to the title. –UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Every bulldog has its day. It could not be more true for the Lady Bulldogs of the National University, as theirs came on Tuesday night, sweeping all their UAAP Women’s 84 season volleyball matches to end the 65-year drought for the title.

Playing with confidence and skill levels that were unsurpassed throughout the season, NU defeated La Salle, 25-15, 25-15, 25-22, for their 16th victory in so many games that defeated their class over the opposition.

The Lady Bulldogs, made up of the school’s core high school curriculum, dropped out of just five sets – none of the Lady Spikers – to win the NU championship pedigree, which has been stagnant for decades.

La Salle, an 11-time champion, was completely confused in the best of the three series. The best he could do was lead 20-17 in the third through ace ace Mattep Espina. But NU opposed with a dizzying 7-0 rally, helped in part by La Salle’s mistakes.

Mhicaela Belen performed admirably for her rarity Rookie-MVP honors, shooting with 10 points in the opening set, while the Lady Bulldogs went from a 6-10 deficit to a one-sided victory in the set.

Ivy Lacsina and Alyssa Solomon supported Belen in the attacks as NU buried La Salle in that division, 17-7, to set the tone of the match, which was watched by 12,621 spectators at the Mall of Asia Arena.

La Salle failed to make the necessary adjustments in the next frame, allowing NU to increase a double-digit advantage, the latter to 18-8. The Lady Bulldogs launched 18 attacks against the Lady Spikers, who managed to collect only seven spikes.

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