NATIONAL University arranged the title duel with Ateneo for the Spikers Turf Collegiate Conference after sweeping the University of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21, on Monday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.
Madzlan Gampong scored 21 points while Open Conference finals MVP Fauzi Ismail added nine markers to seal therematch of last season's Collegiate Conference finals against the Blue Eagles.
“Sobrang sarap ng feeling ngayon kasi nagawa namin yung gusto naming gawin,” said Bulldogs head coach Dante Alinsunurin.
“Pipilitin namin manalo,” he added, referring to their finals match-up against Ateneo.
UST Captain Arnold Bautista and Manuel Medina paced the España-based squad with 10 points each.
NU hopes to prevent a back-to-back Ateneo win in the Collegiate Conference with the best-of-three finals beginning on Wednesday.
UST hopes to salvage its campaign when the Tigers face La Salle for the battle for third place.