NATIONAL University bucked a slow start to score a 21-25, 25-10, 27-25, 25-21 victory to sweep University of the Philippines at the PhilSports Arena on Wednesday and book a return trip to the Shakey's V-League Collegiate Conference finals.
Jaja Santiago did not start, even though she arrived in time in Pasig after playing for Foton in Laguna in the Asian Women’s Club Championship.
She checked in with the Lady Bulldogs trailing 18-13 in the opening set, but she led all scorers, anyway, spearheading the NU's attack with 25 points including four blocks.
With Santiago playing, the Lady Bulldogs regrouped ran riot in the second set.
"Masaya ako umabot kami uli dito. Sana magdirediretso, sana maging consistent pa kami," said coach Edjet Mabbayad, whose team will face the winner of the semifinal between Ateneo and FEU.
Jorelle Singh scored 16 and Aiko Urdas added 14 for the Lady Bulldogs.
Diana Carlos and Nicole Tiamzon paced UP with 14 points apiece, while Isa Molde had 11.