PVL: Lady Falcons, Lady Maroons start Final Four showdown
Mark Escarlote on Aug 28, 2018 08:27 PM
Adamson University and University of the Philippines clash in Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinals.
Unbeaten Adamson University looks to reassert its mastery over University of the Philippines on Wednesday in Game 1 of the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Falcons went on a rampage in the elimination round, sweeping their seven assignments including a 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24, victory over the Lady Maroons.
Adamson wants to duplicate that win in the battle set at 2:00 p.m. not only to move closer to a breakthrough Finals appearance but also to prove that their victory in their first is no fluke.
The game will air via livestream.
“Me and (UP) coach Godfrey (Okumu) after the game (in the elims) we have this really competitive banter. But I know he wants to kick my ass and I wanna kick his ass too,” said Lady Falcons coach Air Padda, who is a good friend of Okumu. “So I think going into the semis I’m excited and I wanna play him again. Because I don’t want people talking about how we barely won. So if I beat you twice so there’s really nothing to talk about. But I know it’s going to be a good series.”
The Lady Maroons advanced in the semis after eliminating San Beda College in straight sets last Sunday.
Okumu hopes that this time UP will get a different result in their rematch with Adamson.
“We played them before and it was a seesaw game, even though we lost against them, but the game was pretty much balanced,” he said.
The Lady Falcons will bank on veterans Eli Soyud, Joy Dacoron, Bernadette Flora and setter MJ Igao against the Lady Maroons led by Isa Molde, Marian Buitre, Marist Layug and Ayel Estranero.
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