NATIONAL University kept its semifinal hopes alive as it turned back Adamson, 30-28, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, on Wednesday in the 75th UAAP season women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Bulldogs improved its win-loss record to 7-6, dented the Lady Falcons' bid to claim a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals, and also kept University of Santo Tomas from securing its place in the Final Four.
UST improved to 8-6 after defeating Far Eastern University (6-7) in four sets, but NU can still match that record and force a playoff.
Adamson remained in third spot with an 8-5 win-loss card, but its chances of catching Ateneo (9-4) and challenging for the twice-to-beat bonus in the semifinals now diminished.
NU faces FEU in its final elimination-round match, Adamson battles UP, and UST takes on Ateneo.
The Lady Bulldogs came up with a 6-1 run to take the lead, 16-15, in the fourth set, widened the gap, 23-18, and cruised to the win.
“Yung team work at yung puso nila nandoon at naiintindihan na nila paano maglaro ng volleyball bukod sa gusto nila manalo,” said NU coach Francis Vicente.
The Lady Bulldogs fell behind early in the first set, 2-11, and the Lady Falcons continued to dictate the tempo to put up a 19-9 advantage.
But NU fought back and snatched the lead, 24-23. Tied at 28-all, NU scored on a Pau Soriano service error and a Dindin Santiago attack to seal the set.
“Sa ensayo, pina-practice namin paano pag sa pressured game. No matter what, whatever ang lamang kailangan habulin,” Vicente added.
Santiago led the Lady Bulldogs with 21 points from 13 spikes, two blocks and six service aces, Maricar Nepomuceno came up with 14 points from 13 attacks and one block, and Myla Pablo chipped in 11, from nine hits and two blocks.
NU had 11 blocks against Adamson’s three.
Shiela Pineda had 20 markers from 13 spikes and seven service aces, while Soriano and Mayeth Zapanta each added 17 and 14 points, all coming from attacks.