Bulldogs raise V-League trophy

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Foiled in its sweep bid, National University took the V-League Men’s Collegiate Challenge crown just the same, holding off UST, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21, in their do-or-die clash at the Paco Arena last night.

The Bulldogs nearly blew a huge 16-6 lead in the third as the Tiger Spikers fought back to threaten within three, 20-23, behind Josh Ybañez, Gboy de Vega, Edlyn Colinares and Charles Magpayo.

Kennry Malinis, however, scored on a hit to put NU at championship point but Nico Almendras served into the net, giving UST a crack at extending the match.

But Malinis broke free in a combination play, lifting the Bulldogs to victory, their second straight championship after beating the Cignal HD Spikers in the recent Spikers Turf.

“Itong do-or-die namin nakita ko talaga na gusto ng mga bata na mag-champion talaga hindi tulad nung Game Two medyo nag-relax kami, nakampante kami sa ginagawa namin,” said NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin.


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