PVL: Adamson, UST complete group stage sweep

Mark Escarlote on Sep 14, 2019 04:28 PM
PVL: Adamson, UST complete group stage sweep
Eya Laure powered University of Sto. Tomas to a sweep of the elimimation round. (Josh Albelda)

Adamson University and University of Sto. Tomas produced contrasting victories to complete elimination round sweeps in their respective groups in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Saturday.

The semifinals-bound Lady Falcons cruised to a 25-13, 25-23, 25-13 win over also-ran Letran in Group A while the Tigresses survived a scare from Arellano University, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23, in Group B to finish the elims with perfect 5-0 slates.

Trisha Genesis and Ceasa Pinar finished with 13 points each and combined for 21 of Adamson's 37 attack points. Setter Louie Romero continued to impress after dishing out 27 excellent sets and added three markers for the Lady Falcons, who only dropped one set in their group stage romp.

But despite an emphatic straight sets win, Adamson coach Lerma Giron felt that the Lady Falcons played a little complacent especially in the second frame.

"Binabalanse namin lahat e. Ayaw namin ilagay sa utak nila na ang galing galing nila pero sa katotohanan talaga, marami pa dapat trabahuhin. Nasa proseso pa sila, kahit undefeated, kailangan pa rin magtrabaho ng todo," said Giron. 

"Sila tinanong ko sila, are you satisfied with the performance itong game na 'to? They're not. Kami rin, lalo ako, hindi ako satisified kasi we know, hindi 'yan ang pinakalaro nila," she added. "Ayaw namin mag-relax, marami pang pwedeng mangyari."

Chamberlaine Cunada had 10 points for the Lady Knights, who closed their campaign with a 1-4 mark.

Meanwhile, UST flirted with disaster in the fourth set as the Tigresses needed to comeback from a 19-21 deficit in the frame to douse cold water on the NCAA champions Lady Chiefs' attempt to force a decider.

Eya Laure showed the way for the Espana-based squad after scoring 20 points off 17 kills, two aces and a kill block with 10 digs in her last game for UST before she and head coach Kungfu Reyes fly to Thailand on Sunday to join the national team in its training camp and to participate in the ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sept. 20.

Kecelyn Galdones finished with 13 markers  with all but one coming off kills and had nine digs while Janna Torres posted 11 points including the game-clinching kill for the Tigresses.

Down two late in the fourth, Galdones scored a hit as the two teams exchanged errors in the next plays. Galdones again scored but Charmina Dino answered to tie it at 23.

Laure put UST at match point before Torres' game-winner.

The Lady Chiefs fell to 2-3 slate and ended their campaign with a three-game skid. 

Nicole Sasuman led Arellano U with 14 points, Dino had 13 while Miakela Juanich and Alyanna San Gregorio got 10 markers each for the Lady Chiefs, who played without injured main scorers in reigning NCAA MVP Necole Ebuen, Regine Arocha and Carla Donato.

In the other Group A match, San Beda University swept San Sebastian College, 25-22, 25-16, 25-18, to improve to 3-2 card and keep its semis hopes alive.

The Lady Red Spikers, who were led by Nieza Virays's 13 points, still have a chance to force a playoff for the last Final Four seat if Ateneo de Manila University (3-1) loses to Perpetual (1-3) on Sunday.

The Lady Stags closed their campaign with a 1-4 record.

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