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NU scrapes past UP in V-League semis

/ 09:18 PM September 05, 2016
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National University gutted out a hard-fought four-set win over University of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24 Monday in Game 1 of the best-of-3 semifinals in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference at Philsports Arena in Pasig.

Jaja Santiago put her foot down and scored the final four points for the Lady Bulldogs, including the game-sealing block on Justine Dorog to take a 26-24 fourth set victory.

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The 6-foot-4 middle blocker finished with 22 points powered by 17 kills, three blocks, and two service aces to usher NU to a 1-0 series lead.

Jorelle Singh also got 22 markers, 20 of which from attacks, while Aiko Urdas had 12.

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NU coach Edjet Mabbayad praised his Lady Bulldogs as they came through against a very tough Lady Maroons crew.

“Nakikita ko na kahit dikitan, lumalaban sila at andoon ang tapang. Pero kailangan pa rin naming i-maintain yun kasi minsan, nara-rattle pa rin sila,” he said.

“Gusto ko yung attitude nila. Pero pag ganyang dikdikan, kailangan pa rin na patibayin namin yung loob nila.”

Game 2 is on Wednesday, still at Philsports Arena.

Nicole Tiamzon carried UP as she fired 16 of her 17 points off hits, while Isa Molde wound up with 13.

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