NU scores ‘double’ over Adamson

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    NATIONAL University humbled Adamson University yesterday, scoring a 26-24, 25-14, 25-21 victory for the solo lead in the UAAP Season 82 women’s tolleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Audrey Paran scored 15 points while Margot Mutshima had seven attacks, three blocks and three aces to finish with 13 markers as NU scored its second straight win.

    “Masaya kami dahil pangalawang panalo namin ito for this season. Sobra kaming na-inspire unlike last season na bago naming nakuha ang first win naming, matagal,” NU coach Norman Miguel said.

    In the men’s side, reigning champion NU also picked up its second win with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-23 victory over Adamson.

    Nico Almendras led the Bulldogs with 16 points and 18 receptions. NU captain James Natividad backed him up with 12 markers.

    The Lady Bulldogs found themselves trailing 22-24 in the first frame but eventually surged ahead on Adamson’s errors. They never trailed from that point on.

    The Lady Falcon closed in at 15-16 in the thirds set but Paran and Mutshima widened the gap.

    Ivy Lacsina and Risa Sato were also instrumental in the 90-minute sweep. The former had nine points while the latter collected half of her eight markers from blocks.

    Joni Chavez ably distributed the wealth with 13 excellent sets laced with nine digs. She took care of Jennifer Nierva’s solid floor coverage with 11 digs and 10 receptions.

    In the other men’s encounter, Far Eastern University evaded the upset axe wielded by University of Santo Tomas, escaping with a 25-21, 24-26, 20-25, 25-22, 15-12 victory.

    Behind Jude Garcia’s efforts, the Tamaraws endured a torrid surge from the feisty Tigers, rallying from a one-set deficit to emerge unscathed for their second win.

    Garcia had 27 points, scattering 21 attacks, three blocks, and three aces and stood at the forefront of FEU’s scoring barrage in the fourth and fifth sets.

    The Tamaraws uncorked five unanswered points to open the final frame, but the Tigers countered with their own spurt to cut the deficit to 7-9.

    FEU coach Rey Diaz lauded UST for bringing the fight and pushing his wards to the limit.

    “Galing ng UST. Ang maganda siyempre na-test ‘yung kakayahan natin at binigyan tayo ng magandang blessing nakuha natin,” Diaz said.

    The troika of JJ Javelona, JP Bugaoan, and Mark Calado provided ample support in the escape act. Javelona and Bugaoan tallied 13 markers apiece while Calado had a double-double of 12 points and 10 digs.