Lady Falcons complete elimination round sweep
Adamson University weathered the challenge of San Beda College to emerge unscathed in the elimination round.
Semifinals-bound Adamson University turned back a feisty San Beda College side, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 21-25, 15-11, Monday to complete an elimination round sweep in Group A of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Playing without their injured star Jema Galanza, the Lady Falcons found the Lady Red Spikers to be a tough nut to crack, but still survived the challenge brought by the Mendiola-based squad to emerge unscathed after five outings.
Eli Soyud was all-over the stat sheet as she blasted 21 spikes, had three kill blocks and a pair of aces for a 26-point outing while adding 11 digs for the San Marcelino-based squad. Joy Dacoron finished with 15 points, Chiara Permentilla had 12 while Bernadette Flora posted 11 for Adamson, which wreaked havoc at the net with 12 kill blocks including four from senior high Lea-Ann Perez.
Adamson flirted with disaster in the fifth set as the Lady Falcons watched their 7-4 lead evaporate, with San Beda pumping in three unanswered points to tie the frame at 7. The Lady Falcons found second wind to scatter six straight points for a 13-7 lead.
The Lady Red Spikers countered with back-to-back points off the Lady Falcons' errors before giving Adamson the match point off a miscue, 14-9. SBC saved two match points before senior high player Chiara Permentilla smashed a match-clinching down the line hit.
The win gave top seed Adamson huge momentum heading into the best-of-three Final Four match against Group A no. 2 squad Far Eastern University on Wednesday.
Unbeaten National University and NCAA champion Arellano University clash in the other semis pairing.
The Lady Red Spikers ended their campaign with a 2-3 mark.
Cesca Racraquin got 18 points while Satrianni Espiritu and Jiezela Viray chipped in with 10 markers each for San Beda.
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