NU Lady Bulldog score 4-peat, retain UAAP lawn tennis title

Four-peat! 

The National University Lady Bulldogs scored four-peat and retained the title after beating the University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 79 women’s lawn tennis finals last Sunday, March 19 at Rizal Memorial Tennis Center. 

 

Season MVP Clarice Patrimonio led the way for the Lady Bulldogs after taking a 6-1, 6-3 win over Erika Maduriao in their singles match. 

Two-time UAAP MVP Christine Patrimonio also trounced UST’s Precian Rivera after tallying a 6-0, 6-3 win in their singles game while the Lady Bulldogs also scored a win in the doubles as the team of Jzash Canja and Apoul Polito routed Manduriao and Shymae Guitaran, 6-2 and 6-0 to give NU a 3-0 victory in the finals. 

 

The younger Patrimonio meanwhile admitted that she will surely miss the company of her sister Tin who played her last game this season. 

“Nakakalungkot, nasanay ako na kasama si Tin. But I guess next year, I’ll try my best.” Clarice said. 

Five players from the Lady Bulldogs squad will be graduating this season and Coach Karl Santamaria said that they used this as an added motivation in the finals. “I told them to make it count, make it memorable,” said Coach Karl Santamaria. 

 

This is the 24th straight win for the Lady Bulldogs in the women’s lawn tennis division, one of the current longest winning streaks in the UAAP. 

NU Bullpups secure Final Four spot; defeat De La Salle Zobel

The National U Bullpups banked on their defense to defeat last season finals rival De La Salle Zobel Junior Archers, 63-52, and secure at least a playoff spot in the Final Four of UAAP Season 79 Juniors basketball tournament.

Winderlich Coyoca and Karl Peñano combined for 25 points to help the Bullpups get its 8th win this season.

Meanwhile, in an interview, NU Bullpups Head Coach Jeff Napa thinks the team still needs improvement and consistency to successfully defend the UAAP crown.

“We can’t afford to play this way coming into our next game. We have to remind our boys that we can’t relax. We expected Zobel to keep it close, but through our experience and defense, we can really accomplish anything.Our focus now is on how to improve every game and we’ll take it from there.” Napa said.

NU opened the game with eight unanswered points, but failed to sustain its strong start as La Salle kept it close until the third canto. But NU’s defense was on point down the stretch and held La Salle to just two points in the final five minutes. The Bullpups, with their 8-1 win-loss card,is now sharing the top spot with Adamson Baby Falcons.

National U reigns supreme in UAAP high school volleyball tournament

The dsc_8160National U Bullpups and Lady Bullpups dominated the UAAP high school volleyball tournament to record the rare double gold in the boys’ and girls’ division.

NU Lady Bullpups completed the three-peat in the girl’s division after defeating the gritty University of Sto. Tomas Junior Tigresses in Finals Game 3, 25-22, 25-23, 15-25, 25-20, November 20, to close the 79th dsc_8504UAAP girls’ volleyball tournament at the Adamson Gym.

The Lady Bullpups showed their killer form in the fourth set clawing their way back to the game to take home another crown and solidify their dynasty in the girls’ volleyball  tournament.

In an interview with NU girls head coach Raymond Castillo, couldn’t put into words how happy he was.

“This is the most amazing championship year namin. I think what it tells us is that we are really a team. Humugot kami ng lakas mula sa isa’t isa. When I started coaching here, sabi ko we will not build a star player, we will build a star team.” said Coach Castillo.

This season’s Best Setter winner Joyme Cagande, who dislocated her right shoulder in Game 2, played through pain in the last set to help deliver another title to NU.

Finals Most Valuable Player Princess Robles, season MVP Faith Nisperos and Mhicaela Belen also gave their best hits and shots to secure the title for the Jhocson-based squad.

Meanwhile, the Bullpups completed NU’s domination in the high school volleyball tournament after winning Finals Game 3 against UST Tiger Cubs in straight sets, 25-15, 25-18, 25-19.

Billie Jean Anima was named Finals Most Valuable Player after spearheading NU in clinching the championship crown.

This is the third straight year the Lady Bullpups dominated the girls’ division

while Bullpups recorded their second straight this season.

NU Pep Squad claims fourth straight UAAP Cheerdance Competition title

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Four-peat!

Dynasty continues as the National University Pep Squad silenced and proved doubters wrong after bagging their fourth straight championship title in the much-anticipated UAAP Cheerdance Competition last November 19 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

National U squad showed perfection and flawlessness in their futuristic theme that left the jam-packed Araneta crowd breathless.

This is a huge milestone for the squad because NU is the second team to achieve the elusive four-peat after UST.

National U was also the only squad to score above 700, tallying a total of 711 points from tumbling, stunts, tosses, pyramids and dance routine. FEU was named second with 658.5 points while Adamson clinched the 3rd spot with 655 points.

In an interview with NU team co-captain Amanda Alejandrino, she shared that the Pep Squad went into a rigorous training to achieve the momentous title.

“The training was really difficult. More injuries but we were able to cope. Because of what happened last year, a lot of people were bashing us. So what we did was to really prepare for this year, since last summer.” Alejandrino said.

Meanwhile NU Pep Squad coach Ghicka Bernabe said that this is one of the sweetest victories of the team.

“It was a good comeback for us after that controversial win last year. This is what we want to prove to everyone that we can really win the championship.” Bernabe stated.

Bernabe also said that the squad is eyeing historic six-peat.

“The target really is six-peat and that would really be a remarkable part of history.”

Aside from the Cheerdance Competition title, NU was also the winner in the group stunts category and they were also awarded with Yamaha Best Toss Award and Jollibee Over The Top Pyramid Award.

Lady Bulldogs stay unscathed; nears championship round Bulldogs, back in winning column

The National University Lady Bulldogs are one win away from clinching an outright championship spot in the UAAP Season 79 women’s basketball tournament after trouncing Far Eastern University, 78-42, last Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

NU is now on a 45-game winning streak, the first one dating back from 2014 proving the team’s invincibility in the women’s hoop wars.

Reigning MVP Afril Bernardino scored a near quadruple-double with 17 markers, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 9 steals. Gemma Miranda also performed well chipping in 21 points with 9 boards and 5 assists.

This is the NU squad’s 13th consecutive win this season and they are one win away from an automatic Finals ticket. They are set to face the UP Lady Maroons on November 15 where they will attempt to secure the Finals spot.

Meanwhile the NU Bulldogs are back on the winning column after defeating the already-eliminated UE Red Warriors last Saturday, 64 to 52.

Matthew Salem regained his shooting form after chipping in 20 points, in 6-of-11 3-point shooting, that goes with 6 boards and 2 dimes.

Aroga also registered a double-double, 11 markers and 14 rebounds while team captain Jjay Alejandro made his presence felt with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.

Salem outscored the entire Warriors squad in the last quarter, 11-7 to completely bury the Recto team.

With this win, Bulldogs’ Final Four hopes are still alive as they are set to face also-Final Four-seeking Adamson Soaring Falcons on Sunday, November 13, 4pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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