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NU sweeps Ateneo to win UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball title

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Manila Throwdown 2018 Individual Edition Finals is back LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “This is our sweetest championship because we waited so long for this day that we will win it again,” said NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin in Filipino.Bryan Bagunas fired 22 points after scoring 19 in the Bulldogs’ straight-sets win in Game 1 four days ago and was named Finals MVP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We really instilled in our minds that this will be our time to get the championship. We told each and every one of us that we’re not going to give up until we win,” Bagunas told reporters in Filipino.Bagunas led the way but he wasn’t NU’s only weapon. The NU Bulldogs celebrate after winning their third UAAP men’s volleyball title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University survived Ateneo in four grueling sets, 25-20, 31-29, 22-25, 33-31, in Game 2 to sweep their best-of-three UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball Finals Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.It took seven match points before the Bulldogs finally put the Blue Eagles away after falling short against them in the finals for the past three seasons and win their third volleyball crown overall.ADVERTISEMENT James Natividad added 18 points, including a hit that made it, 32-31, before an attempt by Ateneo’s Ron Medalla went out that sealed NU’s first title since winning back-to-back in Season 75 and 76.Newly-minted five-time MVP Marck Espejo finished with a game-high 30 points after only tallying two points in the opening set. Espejo kept Ateneo alive, saving four championship points.But while the Blue Eagles leaned heavily on Espejo, the Bulldogs drew solid outings from several players with the likes of Kim Malabunga, Madz Gampong and Francis Saura.Five of Malabunga’s 10 points came off blocks while Gampong and Saura chipped in eight apiece. Gampong came up with the game’s best defensive play when he denied Espejo with a single block to close the second set.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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