NU Lady Bulldogs keep slate unblemished with tough four-set win over UST Tigresses
Jaja Santiago again comes up with the big hits to power the Lady Bulldogs to their fifth straight win. Dante Peralta

NATIONAL University stayed unscathed, pulling off a 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 28-26 victory over University of Sto. Tomas on Sunday in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Jaja Santiago led NU with 19 points, Aiko Urdas added 10, while Roselyn Doria and Audrey Paran each had nine markers.

It was the Lady Bulldogs' fifth win in as many matches.

“‘Yung tatag, ’yung tiwala sa isa’t-isa, ’yun ’yung nakikita ko na pinaghahawakan talaga na kapag nakita ng isa sa amin na kunwari ako ayaw ko magpatalo, lahat sila parang domino effect na lahat talaga,” said Santiago.

NU erased a six-point deficit in the fourth set to take the lead, 17-16.

“Kung hindi ko iisipin ‘yun na ang ang magpapakita ng ganito (tatag), which is ako ’yung leader, so ano pa ang mangyayari sa teammates ko?” said Santiago.

“Hindi naman pwedeng ako ‘yung dalhin ng teammates ko kasi ako ang isang senior at ‘yun nga team captain,” she added.

Sisi Rondina’s 25 points went down the drain as UST suffered its third loss in five outings.

Carla Sandoval had 12 markers for the Tigresses, whose 35 errors resulted in extra points for NU.

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