NATIONAL University completed a back-to-back title romp in UAAP men’s volleyball, downing Ateneo, 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 27-25, on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Four of the Bulldogs scored in double figures as Jan Paglinawan made 15 points, Ruben Baysac added 14, Peter Torres had 13 and Finals MVP Reuben Inaudito chipped in with 11.
"UAAP ito eh, sobrang sarap sa pakiramdam, sobrang proud ako," said NU coach Dante Alinsunurin. "Dati lagi kaming seventh, eighth, ngayon kilala na kami."
NU went on an 8-0 run for a 20-16 lead in the fourth set, before Ateneo rallied to tie the score at 25-all.
But Inaudito scored on an attack and Ateneo’s Marck Espejo committed a block error that sealed the win for NU.
Rookie and season MVP Espejo led the Blue Spikers with 20 points from 16 spikes, one block and three service aces, while Rex Intal, younger brother of former Ateneo basketball star JC, came up with 12.
The Ateneo men's squad, which finally made it to the title series after 34 years, remained without a volley crown.
NU took two hours and five minutes to finish the match in front of a crowd of almost 10,000.