PVL: Lady Maroons claim first Finals seat

Mark Escarlote on Sep 02, 2018 04:06 PM
PVL: Lady Maroons claim first Finals seat
University of the Philippines booked a ticket to the Finals after booting out top seed Adamson University.

University of the Philippines made its breakthrough entry into the Finals after shooting down top seed Adamson University, 25-19, 29-27, 20-25, 25-20,  in the decider of their Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference semifinals series Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Lady Maroons recovered from a straight sets beating in Game 2 of the best-of-three showdown the day before to show the Lady Falcons, who swept the elimination round, the exit door.    

UP will face in the best-of-three championship round the survivor between Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas on Sunday.

Isa Molde led the Lady Maroons' charge with 27 huge points scattered through 23 kills and four kill blocks. Marian Buitre came back to form after a dismal five-point performance in Game 2, finished with 19 markers built on 12 attacks and seven kill blocks to help the Lady Maroons reach its first championship apperance in the league.

Sophomore Roselyn Rosier had nine points including the last two markers of the extended second set while veteran setter Ayel Estranero tallied 35 excellent sets for UP, which frustrated the attackers of Adamson with 17 kill blocks.   

UP showed nerves of steel in the in the closing half of the fourth set, fighting back from a 15-16 deficit to take a 21-18 lead. The Lady Maroons went up at match point advantage but gave Adamson a chance to save a point on an error before Marian Buitre brought down the hammer to seal the victory. 

"As compared to yesterday's game where we did not play well and we lost, we realized that we were putting ourselves under pressure," said UP coach Godfrey Okumu. "What we talked today was that we're not under pressure and I was telling the players not to put themselves under pressure. It really worked."

"It wasn't about skills, it wasn't about how strong or fast our team was but it's about mental strength," he added.    

Adamson will tackle the loser in the FEU-UST match for the consolation third place.

Eli Soyud had 15 points while Le-Ann Perez and Chiara Permentilla chipped in 14 and 12 markers, respectively, for the Lady Falcons.



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