Lady Falcons eye championship berth, Lady Tams look to survive
We'll try to get this done in two for sure -- Adamson coach Air Padda as Adamson University shoots for the championship seat
Adamson University will have its hands full as the Lady Falcons brace for a best-of-three semifinals series comeback attempt by Far Eastern University in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Saturday.
Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air via livestream. Replay will air at 8:00 p.m. on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23 and ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166.
The Lady Falcons took the best-of-three semifinals opener in five sets, but the task of closing down the series won’t get any easier, especially with Adamson losing two more players in open spiker Bernadette Flora and Chrislyn Uy due to their participation in the UAAP beach volleyball.
Eli Soyud dropped 23 points while Flora had 14 in the Lady Falcons’ 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 15-8, Game 1 win, Wednesday.
The victory was the Lady Falcons’ sixth straight in as many outings in the conference.
Head coach Air Padda is looking at tweaking her rotation to fill in the spots left by the duo and of injured ace hitter Jema Galanza (dislocated right ankle).
“There’s a couple of things (that we’ll work on) and might go back with Eli being in open,” said the American mentor. “We still have May (Roque), we can throw May back in Flora’s spot. That’s gonna be a challenge for us.”
Padda also stressed the importance of taking care of the ball and stepping up on defense especially at the net.
“Again, creating lesser errors,” said Padda, who rued Adamson’s 34 errors in Game 1. “I think every set except the fourth and fifth set I think our errors were in double digits, it’s tough when you’re helping your opponent win.”
“We’re gonna go work on that then be more consistent on our blocking, I think it was too easy for (Toni Rose) Basas to get kills,” she added. “So going back to the drawing board, now that we played them, we know how to map out where their attacks were going. We'll try to get this done in two for sure.”
But FEU wants a different script.
The Lady Tams will again play without beach volleyball bets Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza but will rely on veterans Basas, Jeanette Villareal, Jerrili Malabanan and Celine Domingo to force a decider on Monday.
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