NATIONAL University cruised to its fourth victory in a row, beating University of Santo Tomas, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21, on Saturday to take the solo second place in the UAAP Season 81 volleyball tournament at the Arena in San Juan.
Bryan Bagunas scored 14 points, all coming from attacks, as the Bulldogs beat the Tiger Spikers in an hour and 24 minutes.
Rookie Angelo Almendras had with 12 points, making seven excellent receptions, Francis Saura scored 10 and Kim Malabunga added nine.
NU improved to 4-1 win-loss record behind unbeaten leader Far Eastern University at 5-0, while UST dropped 3-3 for fourth place.
The Bulldogs battle the winless UP Maroons (0-4) on Wednesday.
Joshua Umandal led UST with 13 points and eight digs.
La Salle blew a two-set lead but recovered to beat University of the East, 25-14, 25-10, 23-25, 22-25, 15-13.
Cris Dumago powered the Green Spikers with 17 points off 13 kills, three blocks and an ace and made including 21 excellent receptions, Billie Anima chipped in 16 points, Kieffer Reyes added 14 points and Geraint Bacon had 13.
La Salle improved to 2-4 record and will next face FEU on Saturday next week.
Clifford Inoferio had 16 points for UE, Geric Ortega scored 12 and Noel Alba added 10 for the Red Warriors, who suffered their fifth straight defeat 1-5 record. UE faces UST on Sunday.