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NU Bulldogs’ Joshua Retamar and Obed Mukaba. –UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Nationwide College inched nearer to sweeping the elimination spherical and claiming an outright Finals berth because it took down College of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 25-21, within the UAAP Season 85 males’s volleyball event on Wednesday at Filoil EcoOil Centre.

Ken Malinis led the collective effort of the Bulldogs with 16 factors off 14 assaults, one ace, and a block, whereas Obed Mukaba delivered 12 factors, together with a career-high eight blocks, as they remained unbeaten in 13 video games and earned their thirty first straight victory relationship again to Season 81 in 2019.

Setter Joshua Retamar, who had 19 wonderful units, eight digs, and 6 factors, supplied the sensible performs to Malinis, Obed Mukaba, and Nico Almendras to interrupt a tie at 17 within the fourth and deny the Golden Spikers from forcing a decider.

Almendras and Michaelo Buddin have been additionally instrumental with 13 factors every with the latter contributing 16 wonderful receptions as NU dominated UST in blocking, 15-1.  

“It was a battle of service obtain, whoever had the excessive share was the barometer of the sport,” stated NU coach Dante Alinsunurin in Filipino. “We’re grateful for the efficiency of the gamers although we had some lapses however they didn’t hand over.”

NU tries to finish an elimination spherical sweep towards Ateneo (7-6) on Saturday.

“Now we have to organize for Ateneo as a result of their [Final Four fate] lies on our sport so we anticipate them to be extra aggressive,” Alinsunurin added.

The Golden Spikers, who already clinched the second seed, dropped their second straight match, sliding to a 10-3 card with Josh Ybañez main the way in which with 19 factors and 5 digs.

GBoy De Vega chipped in 14 factors and 22 receptions, whereas Jay Rack Dela Noche had 10 factors in his comeback from the Philippine males’s volleyball group’s Japan coaching camp.

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