Lady Falcons, Lady Chiefs start battle for third series
Mark Escarlote on Oct 11, 2017 08:53 AM
Adamson University and Arellano University clash to salvager a podium finish.
Adamson University and Arellano University open their best-of-three battle for third series in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Falcons fell short in their campaign for a Finals spot after bowing down to Far Eastern University, 25-21, 20-25, 22-25, 18-25, in their best-of-three semifinals series.
Despite playing without injured spiker Jema Galanza, Adamson gave the Lady Tamaraws a tough series with Eli Soyud, Joy Dacoron, Bernadette Flora and senior high players Chiara Permentilla and Lea-Ann Perez holding the forty only to falter in the end.
Adamson will now look to salvage a podium finish against a team they defeated in straight sets in the elimination round.
But Lady Falcons coach Air Padda knows that the Lady Chiefs will come out stronger this time especially, after the reigning NCAA champions gave unbeaten National University fits in a 17-25, 28-26, 25-17, 13-25, 18-20, semis series Game 2 loss.
“I know their gonna come out strong, they have momentum. They went into five (sets) against NU,” she said. “It’s not about the loss, I mean they ended on a good note and they’ll gonna want revenge.”
“We beat them in three, yes it was with Jema but they’re gonna be hungry this time,” Padda added.
Jovielyn Prado, Regine Arocha, Andrea Marzan, Necole Ebuen and Mary Ann Esguerra will carry the fight for Arellano.
Game 2 of the series is on Saturday while Game 3, if needed, is on Monday. In case the championship series between FEU and NU ends in two games and the battle for third is tied after two matches, the bronze medal winner will be determined via tiebreak.
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