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Santiago powers NU past PNP in Shakey’s V-League

— Manila Bulletin:

Games Tomorrow
2 p.m. – NU vs PLDT
4 p.m. – Army vs PNP

National University, drawing stellar performance from Jaja Santiago, beat Philippine National Police in straight sets, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18, to get back on track after back-to-back setbacks in the Shakey’s V-League Season II Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

Santiago used her height and long reach to pummel the PNP defenders with 12 kills, the same number of attacks delivered by Myla Pablo, as the Lady Bulldogs rebounded strong after a pair of 0-3 defeats to powerhouse Army and defending champion Cagayan.

“We made defensive adjustments in the second set that’s why the complexion of the game changed,” said NU coach Ariel dela Cruz.

Santiago finished with 18 hits, including three blocks and the same number of aces, while setter Ivy Perez also came through with three blocks for a five-point output for the Lady Bulldgos, who evened their card at 2-2.

The Lady Patrollers, led by Frances Molina’s 15 hits, fell to 0-5 and on the brink of elimination in the mid-season conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.

The victory also primed up the Bustillos-based squad for a tough outing against PLDT Home Telpad tomorrow with the Power Boosters raring to atone for their straight-set loss to unbeaten Lady Troopers last Thursday.

Though PNP produced 32 kills against NU’s 37, the Lady Patrollers drew just 12 excellent sets from Jane Ticar, limiting the team’s scoring chances off the spike a bit. In contrast, Perez made 25 excellent sets that led to a number hits from Santiago and Pablo.

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Santiago powers NU past PNP in Shakey’s V-League (Sports) | July 21, 2014 at 12:05AM

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