NATIONAL University hardly broke a sweat in sweeping winless University of the Philippines, 25-19, 25-17, 25-15, in the UAAP Season 81 volleyball tournament on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Bryan Bagunas spearheaded the Bulldogs attack with 17 points off 14 kills, while Francis Saura fired 12 built on eight spikes, three blocks and a service ace.
Angelo Almendras added 11 markers, as Joshua Retamar made 24 excellent sets as the defending champions stretched their winning streak to five.
NU improved to a 5-1 win-loss record, going unbeaten since suffering a shock three-sets loss to FEU back on opening day.
John Mark Millette led the cellar-dwelling Fighting Maroons (0-6) with 12 points, as Jerry Earl San Pedro got 11.
Meanwhile, Ateneo drubbed Adamson, 25-18, 25-22, 25-21 in the day's first match.
Tony Koyfman made all of his 14 points from spikes to carry the Blue Eagles to their third straight victory.
Ron Medalla chipped in 11 markers as Gian Carlo Glorioso added 10.
Manuel Sumanguid also had 22 digs as Ateneo rose to a 4-2 win-loss slate.
Paolo Pablico scored 11 for the Soaring Falcons, who dropped their third straight match to fall to an even 3-3 card.
This sets up a rematch of last year's Finals, with NU and Ateneo closing out their first-round schedules on Saturday.