NATIONAL University started its campaign in the Spikers' Turf Collegiate Conference on a bright note as it cruised past Mapua, 25-22, 25-20, 25-22, at The Arena in San Juan on Monday.
Bryan Bagunad and Ismail Fauzi each had 14 points for the Bulldogs, who took just an hour and 24 minutes to complete the demolition job.
Francis Saura and Madzlan Gampong came in with nine points each for NU, which leads Group A with a 1-0 card.
The Bulldogs registered seven blocks compared to the three of the Cardinals and had more digs (11-7) and better first ball reception (11-8).
Philip Michael Bagalay finished with 14 points for Mapua, while guest player Neil Flores added eight.