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    Left red-faced by Game One letdown, Santiago atones with dominant performance

    May 26, 2013

    THE wrath of the MVP.

    Dindin Santiago admitted being hard on herself shortly after National University went down in straight sets against defending champion Ateneo in the opener of their Shakey’s V-League First Conference Finals.

    The loss, according to her, served as motivation for the Lady Bulldogs to bounce back in Game Two, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22, and force a winner-take-all showdown for the title on June 2 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

    "After Game One na down po ako," said the newly minted league MVP. "Pero sabi ko po sa sarili ko pag na-down ako, ako din ang talo."

    "Kaya i-prove ko po na kaya kong dalhin `yung team ko ngayong Game Two," she added.

    Santiago also felt she did not give justice to her MVP award following the 15-25, 22-25, 23-25 loss in the series opener which was so one-sided it took Ateneo just 74 minutes to finish it off.

    The NU star was held to her lowest output in the tournament during the loss, scoring only seven points in a match held before a crowd of 5,000 fans.

    "Medyo napahiya din po ako (last game)," said the towering 6-foot-2 NU skipper. "Kasi season MVP po ako pero parang wala po akong nagawa noon.”

    On Sunday night, Santiago got her redemption

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