PVL: Lady Falcons down Tigresses to earn a semis spot

Mark Escarlote on Aug 18, 2018 04:14 PM
PVL: Lady Falcons down Tigresses to earn a semis spot
Adamson University booked a Final Four ticket putting a dent on University of Sto. Tomas' record.

Adamson University preserved its unbeaten record and secured a spot in the Final Four after snapping University of Sto. Tomas’ streak with a 15-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-20  win Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Lady Falcons snatched their fifth straight victory in as many outings and handed the Tigresses, who played without injured rookie Eya Laure (right shoulder), their first defeat after a five-game romp.

Adamson, which played its first of back-to-back games, joined UST in the best-of-three semifinals. The squad will face San Beda University on Sunday.

The Lady Falcons got into trouble in the last two sets after squandering huge leads before hanging on to bag the win, something that didn’t sit well with Adamson coach Air Padda.

“When my players get a big lead they relax and become complacent,” she said. “They havent found the right mix of playing hard, being focused, and having fun.”

Skipper Le-Anne Perez led the way for the Lady Falcons, scoring 12 points built on five attacks, four kill blocks and three aces. Bernadette Flora carved all of her 10 markers in attacks while rookie Trisha Genesis and Eli Soyud chipped in 10 points each for Adamson.

The Lady Falcons saw their 14-6 advantage evaporate after the Tigresses made a huge run to tie it at 16. Adamson recovered the lead anchored on solid defensive stops and timely hits to bring down UST.

Fil-Italian sophomore Milena Alessandrini carried much of the scoring load with 23 points and added 19 digs while Ysabel Jimenez and Caitlyn Viray had 12 markers each for UST, which had Laure sitting on the bench the whole match.

 

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