Lady Falcons outlast Lady Maroons

Mark Escarlote on Sep 04, 2017 09:02 PM
Lady Falcons outlast Lady Maroons
Joy Dacoron and Fenela Emnas of Adamson University blocked the attack of University of the Philippines' Marian Buitre.

Adamson University got its payback.

Skipper Jema Galanza and Eli Soyud sparked the Lady Falcons' finishing kick in the fifth set to outlast University of the Philippines, 17-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19, 15-9, on Monday in Group B of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.    

Down, 8-9, in the deciding set Galanza and Soyud scored five of Adamson’s closing 7-0 rally to exact revenge on the squad that defeated the Lady Falcons in four sets in the Open Conference a month ago.

“It’s probably our toughest match we’ll play in our bracket I think it’s safe to say that if I could pick a rival it would be them of all the teams in the UAAP. So we needed this win,” said Adamson coach Air Padda. “We needed to start off on a strong note.”

Adamson joined other early Group B winners Arellano University and San Beda College.

Soyud, a transferee from De La Salle University, dropped 27 points anchored on 23 attacks and four kill blocks while Galanza finished with 18 markers with 16 excellent receptions and 16 digs for Adamson. Returning middle Joy Dacoron added 13 markers.

Fenela Emnas announced her return after skipping the last UAAP season by dishing out 43 excellent sets.         

Adamson went behind, 4-6, to start the fifth set before Galanza kept the game close with timely hits. Soyud committed a net touch error that gave UP a 9-8 edge.

Galanza answered with a kill followed by a Soyud hit. Galanza scored a service winner, Isa Molde smashed her kill right on the net before Soyud scored on back-to-back off speed hits to put Adamson at match point, 14-9.

Molde surrendered the match with an attack error after sending the ball straight to the upper tape of the net.

Diana Carlos scored 19 points, Marian Buitre had 16 while Molde finished with 14 for UP, which played without head coach Jerry Yee because of personal reasons.



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