NU Bulldogs reclaim UAAP Beach Volley throne
National University rallied from a 0-1 series deficit before dethroning UST, 21-15, 14-21, 15-13, and reclaim the men’s crown of the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament lSaturday night at Sands SM By The Bay.
The Bulldogs won series, 2-1, and now became the most successful squad with four titles to boot, passing the Growling Tigers and the Tamaraws.
UST won in the championship opener, dealing NU its first loss in the meet with a close 22-20, 26-24win,
Anthony Arbasto produced the title clinching drop shots in both sets as the Tigers survived a grind-it-out Game 1.
The Bulldogs went straight to the best-of-three round after a perfect 7-0 elimination round.
Grieving from the sorry loss, Bryan Bagunas stepped up for NU to outlast UST, 21-19, 9-21, 15-10, to tie the series at 1-1 before outlasting the Tigers in the third and final match to reclaim the throne they won in 2015. .
Bagunas was named MVP of the tournament.
Earlier, University of Santo Tomas subdued Far Eastern University, 21-15, 21-19, for its back-to-back women’s division title romp in the
The Tigresses, still the most successful squad in the sport with five crowns, had to play catch up in the second set, and were able to secure the win when the Lady Tamaraws crumbled under intense pressure.
Bernadeth Pons’ outside spike turned out to be the championship point, as Cherry Rondina and Caitlyn Viray celebrated UST’s another reign in the sand court.
Rondina, who also had success in club leagues, won her third MVP award – helping her school win the third crown in the last four seasons.
The Tigresses completed a perfect 9-0 season, including a two-game finals sweep.
In Game 1, UST also pounced on FEU’s late errors in the extended second set to carve out a 21-16, 22-20 win.
Consecutive attack faults by Pons and Kyla Atienza allowed the Tigresses to sneak the opener.
By Angie Oredo