Lady Falcons, Lady Tams square off in semis Game 1
Eli Soyud and Fenela Emnas are expected to step up as the Jema Galanza-less Adamson University Lady Falcons take on Far Eastern University in the PVL best-of-three semifinals.
Adamson University and Far Eastern University cross paths in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference best-of-three semifinals series sans their main hitters on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Game 1 of the series starts at 6:30 p.m. and will air live on on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
The Lady Falcons went on an unbeaten rampage in the elimination round ,topping Group B but lost their main gunner Jema Galanza to a tournament-ending ankle injury.
Galanza was averaging 15.75 points per game before going down with a dislocated right ankle against College of St. Benilde last September 25.
“It’s really hard to lose somebody who’s been with you every game and she’s really been the only consistent presence in the program. So not having her on the court is like they didn’t know who to turn to, there was no go to hitter, no leadership on the court,” said Adamson coach Air Padda of her squad losing a leader in Galanza.
The mentor hopes that her remaining weapons in Eli Soyud, Joy Dacoron, setter Fenela Emnas and senior high Chiara Permentilla and Lea-Ann Perez will step up come game time.
“When you’re surrounded by chaos that’s when your true leaders rise up so somebody’s got to do it, somebody’s gonna step up,” she said. “Everything happens for a reason maybe this is what the team needs for the other leaders on the team to step up. (This is) a serious wake up call.”
Aside from Galanza, Adamson will also play sans the duo of Bernadette Flora and Chrislyn Uy, who are preparing for the 80th UAAP beach volleyball tournament opening Thursday.
The Lady Tamaraws, who finished the elims with a 4-1 slate in Group A, are also without their ace scorer Bernadeth Pons, who is averaging 15.6 points, and libero Kyla Atienza, who is a solid floor defender with an average of 4.17 digs per set.
Pons and Atienza are FEU’s bets in the UAAP beach volleyball.
“Sabi ko sa kanila na huwag nilang hanapin si Pons, yung wala kasi challenge sa amin yun. Kasi si Pons scorer yan eh kaya kailangang mag-step up ng ibang hitters,” said Lady Tams coach George Pascua.
Toni Rose Basas, Jerrili Malabanan, Jeanette Villareal, Heather Guino-o and playmaker Angel Cayuna will need to bring their A-game to fill in the void left by Pons and Atienza.
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