MANILA, Philippines -- The National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs set a new standard for excellence last year, when they won their 80th consecutive game en route to a fifth straight championship in the UAAP women's division.
Coached by Pat Aquino and bannered by Finals MVP and national team player Jack Animam, the Jhocson-based school rewrote history by extending their long unbeaten streak and claim a fifth straight championship during Season 81 of the league.
It was the fifth straight year that the Lady Bulldogs went unbeaten, breaking the record for longest winning streak in UAAP history that was previously held by the Adamson softball team (73 games).
Ria Nabalan and Jhianne Layug were the only members of the team who were part of the Lady Bulldogs' five titles.
The remarkable feat will be honored by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) next week, when they bestow the President's Award to the Lady Bulldogs in its Annual Awards Night at the Manila Hotel.
“Theirs is an inspiring story of what individual talent coupled with the right chemistry can do. The National University Lady Bulldogs certainly deserve this accolade, which comes at a time when the PSA also recognizes five young ladies as its co-winners of the Athlete of the Year award,” PSA president Eduardo ‘Dodo’ Catacutan of SPIN.ph said.
The Lady Bulldogs now join the elite ranks of previous President’s Award winners such as Manny V. Pangilinan, Gilas Pilipinas 3.0, the Ateneo Blue Eagles, fellow National University Bulldogs, pool champions Rubilen Amit, Dennis Orcollo, and Lee Van Corteza, among others.
The quartet of Hidilyn Diaz, Margielyn Didal, and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan, and Lois Kaye Go will be the recipient of the highest honor given out by the country’s oldest media organization during the gala night.
A total of 75 awardees are included in the honor roll list made up of Lifetime Achievement Award, National Sports Association of the Year, Executive of the Year, Special Awards (Mighty Sports Mr. Basketball, Mr. and Ms. Volleyball, and Mr. Football), major awards, citations, Tony Siddayao awards, special recognition, posthumous, MILO junior athletes of the year, and Mr. Fan Favorite ‘Manok ng Bayan’ Award.
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