Lady Bulldogs taekwondo team bags first-ever women’s title

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It was a historic Tuesday night for the National University women’s taekwondo team, after the Jhocson-based jins finally bagged their first-ever women’s title, in the UAAP Season 79 Taekwondo tournament last October 25 at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

Lightweight jin Shiryl Badol led the Bulldogs attack the entire season which later earned her the Most Valuable Player award.

The Lady Bulldogs carved out a perfect season after recording a six-match elimination sweep.

They have defeated UP, 5-2, and dismantled La Salle, 6-1 in the final day match for an impressive 6-0 slate.

Meanwhile, the men’s taekwondo team were also impressive after finishing in the second place while posting a 5-1 win-loss record. Bulldogs failed to complete a championship double as the Bulldogs jins lost to eventual champions UST in the eliminations round.

NU Bulldogs athletes were also given gold medals in their divisions; Diether Baylon in bantamweight and Arven Alcantara in welterweight.

In the women’s division, Lady Bulldogs Grace Garfin (flyweight) and Rhezie Aragon (featherweight) also won golds.

Three-peat! NU Bulldogs win third straight UAAP Men’s Badminton tournament crown

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National University Bulldogs smashers completed a historic three-peat in UAAP men’s badminton tournament after sweeping the Ateneo Blue Eagles last Saturday, October 15.

Bulldogs smashers recorded a 3-0 win over the Blue Eagles to sweep the best-of-three finals series that also extend their winning run to 27 ties, the first one dating back from 2014.

In the first singles, Bulldogs shuttlers Keeyan Gabuelo whipped Blue Eagle Carlo Remo, 21-18 and 21-17.

Season 79 MVP Leeward Pedrosa then delivered a superb performance for the Bulldogs after defeating rookie Keoni Asuncion, 21-13 and 21-10 in the second singles.

In the doubles pair, Mike Minuluan and Alem Palmares joined forces to totally dominate Hanz Bernardo and Jan Mangubat, 21-17 and 21-19.

The Bulldogs were simply too much for the Blue Eagles that the Katipunan-based squad failed to replicate their four-game winning streak heading to the finals.

NU Coach Jaime Llanes is beyond ecstatic in the recent and rare feat by the Bulldogs squad.

“I am very happy sa three-peat ng team and sa performance nila. Talagang ‘di sila nagbigay sa kalaban ng chance na makabalik pa and they really want the crown talaga.” Coach Llanes shared.

He also commended the team’s teamwork that according to him is the main reason why they were able to achieve the third straight championship title.

“I can really see their teamwork sa training. Kasi dati ‘di sila magkasabay mag-train. This time i made sure that mag-bond sila as a team.” Coach Llanes said.

This is NU Bulldogs shuttlers fourth championship overall in the last five season.

 

NU Bulldogs start UAAP campaign with a statement win over UE

Win when it matters.

This is what Coach Eric Altamirano said after the National University Bulldogs claimed their first win on their first game this season. This is the Bulldogs’ first win over the Red Warriors after losing to the Recto-based squad in their elimination round meetings last season and during their preseason games this year.

“We are 0-4 sa UE. But that’s what we’ve been doing in the last 5 months. Everybody is aware na we keep on losing to UE, but sabi nga namin let’s work on the important ones, like here in UAAP. So we are really happy to get this W.”

The National University Bulldogs banked on their towering center Alfred Aroga to get into the win column and start the season on a winning note.

The 6-foot-6 Cameroonian Bulldog recorded a double-double, 16 points and 13 rebounds with 4 blocks to lead the Bulldogs squad yesterday, September 7 at the MOA Arena in Pasay City. Also effective on the floor is J-Jay Alejandro who recorded 13 points in 5-of-9 field goal shooting.

The team dominated inside the paint recording 38 points compared to UE’s 24. Bulldogs also out-rebounded the opponent after tallying a total of 53 rebounds against UE’s 41.

It was a close fight between the two teams and NU was clinging to a one-point lead, barely two minutes remaining in the final quarter.

Aroga then hit a short stab to put the Bulldogs up, 69-66. Bulldogs then applied their suffocating defense to force the Warriors into settling for perimeter shots.

According to Altamirano, this win is a good start to their campaign this season. “UE is a Final Four team, we are in a tough battle but I think our defense bailed us in the fourth (quarter). We wanted to win in the rebounding department, we had a lot of turnovers but that’s expected against UE.”

Meanwhile, Aroga also assured that he will play in their next game even if his left ankle is slightly sprained in the dying minutes of the game.

“It’s really painful… But I just have to rest it, it’s okay lang.” the hulking Bulldogs’ center said.

This Sunday, September 11, the Bulldogs will try to get on a winning streak as they take on the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 4pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

NU Bulldogs gear up for UAAP Season 79; set to defend 9 titles

The Bulldogs are about to rise up again and bark its way to the top this UAAP season.

Set to defend nine championship titles in UAAP Season 79, the Bulldogs will kick start the season with a game in the much-anticipated men’s basketball tournament.

For its first assignment this season, the Jhocson-based squad will face the University of the East on September 7, 2pm at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

According to Bulldogs Head Coach Eric Altamirano, the UAAP fans and NU community can expect a hard-working Bulldogs team this conference.

“We’ve been practicing since January, we’ve joined some pre-season tournaments, we’ve attended some training camps so we had an extensive time to prepare [for this season].” Coach Altamirano said.

Bulldogs will badly miss the services of veterans Gelo Alolino, Kyle Neypes and Paolo Javelona, who have completed their playing years for NU, but key returnees like former Finals MVP Alfred Aroga, J-Jay Alejandro and Mohammad Salim are still reliable pieces for Coach Eric Altamirano. The Bulldogs will also rely on the services of key additions like Batang Gilas member Joshua Sinclair and Matt Salem.

“They add depth to the team, alam naman natin na kulang sa malaki ang team so they will boost that aspect.” Altamirano added.

The UAAP champion coach also said that the team’s primary goal this season is to enter the Final Four again.

“We’ll take it one game at a time. It’s going to be a process and doon muna kami naka-focus ngayon sa details ng preparations.”

Last August 22, the university held a Pep Rally to introduce the NU athletes for Season 79. Dubbed as “Inspiring Teams, Achieving Dreams”, the event was well-attended by the university officials and NU students.

Lady Bulldog Jaja Santiago secures spot in PH Volleyball Team’s “Magnificent 7”

 jajaAnother proof Nationalians have world-class talent.

National University Lady Bulldogs stalwart Jaja Santiago was formally announced as the fifth member of the elite team that will compete for the Philippines in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship set at the Mall of Asia Arena on October.

With this, Santiago officially became a member of the ‘Magnificent 7’ or the only 7 local players that can participate in the five-day spike fest in Manila.

The 6-foot-5 Lady Bulldog middle blocker was awarded with the golden ticket by PSL President Ramon Suzara and Chairman Philip Ella Juico during the official launch of the Foton squad that will campaign in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship.

Santiago who is currently playing for Foton Tornadoes in the Philippine Superliga was believed by many to be ‘an automatic’ member of the Philippine team because of her height and skills.

In an interview with ABS-CBN Sports, PSL Chairman Suzara said the 20-year old Santiago truly deserves to be part of the PSL All-Star team for being one of the very few Filipino players who has a deadly combination of talent, height, length and athleticism.

“She’s young, she’s athletic, she’s talented and overflowing with potential. We’re so glad to have Jaja on board. We expect her to gain massive experience playing against the best players in the world and serving as our country’s cornerstone in future major international tournaments.” said Suzara.

Santiago said making it to the team is such an honor and she is very much delighted with the new assignment and opportunity.

“This is a big boost to my volleyball career. I’m so thankful and blessed that the PSL trusted me to be part of the team. I will do my best to come up with a good performance and make our country proud.”

Santiago will play for the Philippine women’s volleyball team along with other ‘Magnificent 7’ members — Rachel Ann Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Kim Fajardo, Frances Molina and another former Lady Bulldog Jennylyn Reyes.

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