Back on the winning track.
After displaying full power in the opening set, NU needed to buck complacency to sweep UE, 25-14, 25-23, 25-21, in the UAAP Season 78 men’s volleyball tournament on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad collected 14 a piece as they sent the Bulldogs for a share of the top spot with a 4-1 card while burying the Red Warriors to their 5th straight defeat.
“Masyadong nang gigil kasi nakita nila na advantage na sila ng una, tapos pagkita namin sa harapan medyo maliit. Ang problema nang gigil sila kaya medyo nag-iba yung perception nila kasi maliit yung setter na nasa harap nila,” said NU coach Dante Alinsunurin.
The Bulldogs aggressively asserted their attacking prowess with 42 points coming off kills but had to play neck-to-neck against the ‘intimidation’ gameplan of the Warriors.
Facing a young NU side, UE used loud plays and taunting to distract the last year’s runner-up, but could not convert it to points as they were limited to a total of 27 spikes.
“Lagi naming pinag-aaralan kasi mga bata pa tapos nandun naman talaga na laging nag-eerrror pero ginagawa naman talaga namin ng paraan para maimprove,” said Alinsunurin.
Despite winning back-to-back games after dropping their assignment against UP, Alinsunurin is not yet satisfied on the the development of the Sampaloc spikers.
“Actually mabagal, di ko alam kung bakit siguro dala lang ng sunod sunod yung game, tsaka yung nagiging problema yung physical ngayon.”
UE team captain Edward Camposano finished with 15 points, 11 off kills while Vince Abrot scored 10. — By Jason Mercene