NU-Sta. Elena dethrones Cignal to claim Spikers’ Turf crown

NU-Sta. Elena Nationals clinch the Spikers' Turf Open Conference title. –SPIKERS TURF PHOTO

Michaelo Buddin and Nico Almendras lead NU-Sta. Elena Nationals to the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference title. –SPIKERS TURF PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Michaelo Buddin stepped up when it mattered most in the crucial moments of Finals Game 2 as National University-Sta. Elena dethroned Cignal, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, to complete a series sweep and claim the 2022 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference supremacy on Saturday at Paco Arena.

When the Nationals went down 20-22 in the fourth set, the rookie outside spiker took matters into his own hands as he scored three of the last five points, including the championship-clinching attack to deny the HD Spikers from forcing a decider and end their two-conference reign.

Buddin scored back-to-back clutch attacks to give NU a 23-22 advantage before Peter Torres stopped the bleeding for Cignal and tied the set. However, a crucial violation…

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