On Saturday, the NU Lady Bulldogs resumed their winning ways. Defeating the Ateneo Blue Eagles 25-22, 25-15, 22-25, 25-22 in women’s volleyball action in the UAAP Season 84 on the road.
Following their encounter at the Mall of Asia Arena. The NU Lady Bulldogs rose to 2-0 while the Blue Eagles fell to 0-2.
A combined 18 points from Michaela Belen and Princess Robles propelled NU to its first win over Ateneo since a five-set victory over the Jaja Santiago-led Lady Bulldogs in 2018.
In the fourth set, it was close until Ateneo took the lead on a return from Janel Maraguinot, come after an error from the NU squad, to take a 19-16 lead. Bettors can wager on the OKBET sportsbook for the UAAP season. You can also see the latest updates and news here in OKBET.
Although they outscore 20-19, the young but mighty NU Lady Bulldogs responded with a 4-0 run spurred by Robles’ crosscourt hit to take the lead from the Blue Eagles.
When the score tie at 22, youngster Belen grabbed command of the match. Scoring a down-the-line hit before Erin Pangilinan denied Faith Nisperos the opportunity to advance to the finals. Belen then finished the game with an ace to bring it to a close.
Meanwhile, Alyssa Solomon scored 15 points for the Wildcats, including four of the team’s total of ten aces.
Nisperos helps the Blue Eagles from being swept by their former teammates, 20-15, by launching some successful attacks.
After a middle assault from Sheena Toring, the Bulldogs came within one point of tying the match at 22-23. But a Nisperos spike and a Bulldogs error stretched the contest to four sets.
Vanessa Gandler had nine points to lead the Ateneo offense, which Nisperos paced with 16 points.
The Bulldogs committed a shocking 38 errors against Ateneo. With 15 of them being in the final set, they lost 22-25.
Solomon got back-to-back hits in the third inning to offset the torrent of NU mistakes. Which resulted in an 11-8 victory. However, Joan Narit’s presence at the net allowed Ateneo to gradually claw their way back into the game, eventually taking the lead 13-12.