NU nails first-ever Final 4 berth in women’s volleyball at expense of UST


MANILA, Philippines—It was a day of firsts in the UAAP Season 75 women’s volleyball.

Cai Nepomuceno pumped in a game-high 23 points to lead National University over University of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23, and into its first-ever Final Four appearance Wednesday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

“Everybody contributed. Walang pwedeng i-single out (No one could be singled out). It was a team effort,” said NU head coach Francis Vicente, who was a former UST player.

And while the Lady Bulldogs ended their quest for a semifinals appearance, the Golden Tigresses on the other hand, missed their first semis trip since the Final Four was implemented in 1994.

“Masaya ako natupad na yung pangarap ko (I am happy my dream has been fulfilled) ,” added Vicente.

NU’s celebration though, ends Wednesday with defending champion De La Salle, which owns a twice-to-beat edge, next in Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinals series on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Lady Bulldogs pushed the Lady Archers to their limits before losing in five sets in their second round encounter.

Despite it, Vicente thinks his team has a good chance to upset La Salle as long as NU will be able to cut down on its errors.

“We had 36 errors in that game against just 26 from La Salle,” he said.

NU had 31 errors this time but still beat UST thanks to its one-two punch of Nepomuceno and former Tigress Dindin Santiago, who added 21 points.

Nepomuceno fittingly capped her stellar game with the game-clinching point off the hands sophomore spiker Carmela Tunay sending her teammates and the NU crowd into a frenzy.

Graduating UST skipper Judy Caballejo played her final game with 15 points. Tunay chipped in 12 points.

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  • ofwvnpsh


  • ofwvnpsh



    After the final  buizzer, Odjie Mamon was seen pulling his ID off his neck in disgust. Anyway, I still believe he’s a very good coach. It’s the players’ mind set which he doesn’t fail to challenge that gives in to pressure every time they lose.

  • PorLaTele

    UST misses a good receiver. Gone are the Aiza Maizo days. We’ll see next season if there’ll be improvements.

    Congratulations NU. This team deserves a final four slot. The setter Perez just needs to vary the plays and not only give it to Dindin Santiago.

  • ofwvnpsh

    nice win NU…go NU go…

  • seraq

    uste was the only team to ever beat dlsu dis season, they were d only team who had the best chance to defeat the defending champs, now it looks like its gonna be a repeat for d lady archers

    • INQ_reader

      What’s the use of beating only one team, even if it’s the best?

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