NU nears sweep, rolls past UST in V-League finals opener

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MANILA, Philippines-National University cashed in on an erratic University of Santo Tomas team to win, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19, and a win away from the V championship -League Men’s Collegiate Challenge on Sunday at Paco Arena.

Nico Almendras scored a 13-point spike with 14 excellent passes while Michaelo Buddin and Kennry Malinis aided him with 11 points each for the Bulldogs, who are on the edge of another championship after dominating the Spikers’ Turf last month.

“Our young shooters played well. In the end we got what we wanted like blocking, attacking and everything went well for us,” NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin said after his team. knocked out the Tiger Spikers in an hour and 17 minutes in their best ever opening game- a series of three titles.

UST actually led by one point in the third bracket, but the popular NU quartet of Almendras, Malinis, Buddin and Obed Mukaba teamed up to take the game away, 24-17.

Josh Ybañez, however, delivered a strike and Jay Rack Dela Noche’s solid save on Buddin thwarted the Bulldogs’ attack but Tiger Spikers gave way due to Ybañez’s error of service. UST dropped 27 errors.

The Bulldogs are eyeing their second title as they claim the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference title by sweep the Cignal . club team in the final on October 1.

Dela Noche and Ybañez beat UST with 10 points each while Gboy De Vega got 8 points.

NU won Game 2 on Wednesday at 2pm

“It is important for us to be positive. We have to keep working in practice and continue what we are doing,” added Alinsunurin, who also leads the country’s men’s national team.

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