A day before her term ends, Vice President Leni Robredo..
The National University Lady Bulldogs have finally claimed their first UAAP Women’s Volleyball title in 65 long years, as they scraped past La Salle to win the season with a clean sweep.
The Lady Bulldogs outran La Salle once again in the Game No. 2 of the finals in three straight sets, 25-15, 25-15, 25-22, making it their historic 16th winning streak in the tournament with no losses.
In the entire season, NU only lost 5 sets all in all. They did not allow their competitor La Salle to win a single set over them ever since the playoffs round.
Although the Lady Spikers, 11-time champions, took the lead in the third set, 20-17, the Lady Bulldogs got even more fired up to make a 7-0 run against La Salle, where some came for opponent errors, to finally claim the sweet victory.
“Sobrang saya ko po. Actually, kagabi pa nga lang po alam ko na pong mananalo na kami.” reigning rookie and MVP of the conference Bella Belen jokingly said during an interview.
Belen is the first ever player in the UAAP Women’s Volleyball history to be hailed rookie of the year and conference MVP at the same time. She also won the first best outside hitter as she recorded 99.574 statistical points in the tournament.
Aside from Belen, Lady Bulldogs Jennifer Nierva, Alyssa Solomon, Sheena Toring, and Camilla Lamina also won in the individual awards.
Nierva was declared the Best Libero in the conference, Solomon as the Best Opposite Hitter, Toring as Second-Best Middle Blocker, and Lamina claiming the Best Setter award.
Meanwhile, Ateneo’s top-gun, Faith Nisperos, claimed the Second-Best Outside Hitter, while La Salle giant Thea Gagate took home the First Best Middle Blocker award.
All of the individual awardees are products of Nazareth School of National University’s girls volleyball program.
Contributed by John Leeroy Hodges