Monday, 2 May 2011

NU spikers make milestone, reach Final Four of V-League (GMAnews)

Posted by chardyboy on Monday, May 02, 2011 0 comments

source: GMA News

National University survived the hard-fighting Far Eastern University in a thrilling five-setter, 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 22-25, 15-13, for their first-ever Final Four entry in the Shakey’s V-League Season 8 first conference quarterfinals at The Arena in San Juan on Sunday.

The Lady Bulldogs secured the last semifinals berth when they scored during the match point. The Lady Tamaraws failed to return the ball after Maricar Nepomuceno’s service. It was the second straight loss for FEU in the quarterfinal stage, thus booting the team out of the race.

NU joined University of University of St. La Salle in the Final Four along with Group A topnotcher Ateneo. The last semis slot in the group is being disputed by Perpetual Help, Lyceum and last season’s second conference champion Adamson.

Behind the combined efforts of Vargas, team captain Irish Morada and guest player Rachel Anne Daquis, the Lady Tamaraws were able to recover from two sets down earlier and forced a fifth and deciding set.

Vargas and Daquis scored 23 and 20 points, respectively while Morada added 18 for the Lady Tamaraws, who had more hits than the Lady Bulldogs, 53-47, and came through with more blocks, 16-12.

But the Lady Bulldogs pounced on their rivals’ errors, scoring 44 points while yielding 31 from their miscues. NU also wound up with 89 excellent digs and 81 sets as against FEU’s 80 and 78, respectively.

Guest player Denise Santiago topscored for the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points, including 12 hits and five blocks, while former Lady Tamaraws Vivas and Monique Tiangco added 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Nepomuceno also scored in double figure for NU with 13 points. - RCJ, GMA News


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