Lady Bulldogs swoop down on Patrollers; Ateneo pounds UP

National U whisked off Philippine National Police’s gutsy stand in the opener then imposed its will in the next two to fashion out a 25-23, 25-16, 25-18 victory to get back on track after back-to-back setbacks in the Shakey’s V-League Season II Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan, Sunday.
Jaja Santiago used her height and long reach to pummel the PNP defenders with 12 kills, the same number of attacks delivered by Myla Pablo, as the Lady Bulldogs rebounded strong after a pair of 0-3 defeats to powerhouse Army and defending champion Cagayan.
“We made defensive adjustments in the second set that’s why the complexion of the game changed,” said NU coach Ariel dela Cruz.
Santiago finished with 18 hits, including three blocks and the same number of aces, while setter Ivy Perez also came through with three blocks for a five-point output for the Lady Bulldgos, who evened their card at 2-2.
The Lady Patrollers, led by Frances Molina’s 15 hits, fell to 0-5 and on the brink of elimination in the mid-season conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.
Ateneo survived a surprisingly tough University of the Philippines side and needed to regroup in the decider to pound out a 25-15, 24-26, 25-21, 21-25, 15-11 victory in the second game.
Scoring leader Alyssa Valdez continued to pour in the points, this time firing 31 hits, including 28 kills, to lead the Lady Eagles to joint fifth with the Lady Bulldogs heading to the final week of the single round eliminations of the league backed by Mikasa and Accel and where it all started.
But the Lady Maroons proved to be a big revelation as they dragged the reigning UAAP champions to a thrilling finish but still fell short of their bid to nail the elusive win.
Nicole Tiamzon fired 21 points, Katherine Bersola unleashed a 19-hit effort and Pauline Araneta added 10 markers to practically negate Valdez’s output.
But Michelle Morente chipped in 16 points and Miren Gequillana, Amy Ahomiro and Bea de Leon stepped up and pooled 23 points for the Lady Eagles, who dealt the Lady Maroons their fifth straight loss.
The victory also primed up the Bustillos-based squad for a tough outing against PLDT Home Telpad tomorrow with the Power Boosters raring to atone for their straight-set loss to unbeaten Lady Troopers last Thursday.
Though PNP produced 32 kills against NU’s 37, the Lady Patrollers drew just 12 excellent sets from Jane Ticar, limiting the team’s scoring chances off the spike a bit. In contrast, Perez made 25 excellent sets that led to a number hits from Santiago and Pablo.
Jane Mandapat also chipped eight markers, Jorelle Singh and Perez each had five points and skipper Desiree Dadang added four hits for NU, seeking a follow-up to its First Conference win in Season 10.
NU’s defense also held Jane Maderazo to just eight markers while Charisse Perez and Michell Datuin combined for 11 points for PNP.
Meanwhile, the NU-PNP game will be aired on GMA News TV Channel starting at 1 p.m. on Monday with the Ateneo-UP duel, being played at presstime, to be shown tomorrow, according to the organizing Sports Vision.(pr)

PLDT Home Telpad’s Laurence Ann Latigay (11) unleashes a power tip against Army’s MJ Balse as Lady Trooper Jovelyn Gonzaga (left) tries to provide help.(pr photo)
PLDT Home Telpad’s Laurence Ann Latigay (11) unleashes a power tip against Army’s MJ Balse as Lady Trooper Jovelyn Gonzaga (left) tries to provide help.(pr photo)

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