National University tops Girls’ Volley NCR leg to gain place in League of Champions

NATIONAL University slipped after a strong start but recovered to defeat University of Santo Tomas, 25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23, and top the NCR leg of the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

With Faith Nisperos leading the attack, the Lady Bullpups dominated the first two sets, stumbled in the third but regained their form in the fourth to advance to the League of Champions set next year.

Nisperos was named Most Valuable Player and best middle blocker, Rica Diolan took the best setter award, Kristine Magallanes won best libero honors and Jasmin Nabor copped the best opposite spiker title.

NU, which topped the Pool B eliminations, whipped Pool A runner-up Kings’ Montessori School, 25-15, 25-14, in the semis. UST, which finished behind NU in the elims, stunned defending champion Hope Christian High School, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21.

Hope’s scoring leader Justine Dorog took the best outside spiker title, UST’s EJ Laure was named the second best outside spiker, while UST’s Pauline Gaston bagged the second best middle block honors.

NU joins  regional champions La Salle-A, Iligan City National High School, St. John’s Institute, Tagum City National High School, University of San Carlos and Holy Family Academy in the League of Champions slated Jan. 11 to 16 also at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Teams from New Zealand, Australia, the US and Bangladesh are also joining the League of Champions, the finale of the event sponsored by Shakey’s, organized by Metro Sports and backed by Mikasa, Asics, Volley Prep, Nature’s Spring, Sun Star, The Freeman Newspaper, Cebu Daily News, Sun Cellular and Millenia Suites.

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