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NU, TIP duel for No. 1

Games Today (Philsports Arena, Pasig City)
10 a.m. – NCBA vs UP (men’s)
12 noon – PMMS vs NU (men’s)
4 p.m. – TIP vs NU (women’s)
6 p.m. – CSB vs UP (women’s)

Defending champion National University and Technological Institute of the Philippines seek to sustain hot starts when they collide today in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Match is set at 4 p.m. with the winning squad getting the early solo lead in Group A.

The Lady Bulldogs still displayed the same ferocious squad that earned them the title the last time when they edged a tough San Sebastian side, 25-22, 29-27, 25-21, five days back behind the efforts of Jaja Santiago.

Santiago, who exploded with 27 points in that game, is expected to lead NU anew with her unstoppable smashes and rock-solid blocks at the net while getting ample support from versatile setter Jasmine Nabor, Aiko Urdas and Audrey Doromal.

The Lady Bulldogs are set to stick with their key players the way they did the last time, but expect the Lady Engineers to ride on the momentum of their opening win also last week.

TIP kicked off its title bid with a bang after stunning fancied Ateneo, 26-24, 14-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12, and coach Boy Paril wants nothing but the same energy against NU. (Kristel Satumbaga)