PVL: Five-setters prepared Adamson for the biggest stage
Mark Escarlote on Oct 09, 2019 07:53 PM
Adamson University learned valuable lessons in the semifinals and put it to good use in the Finals series opener against University of Sto. Tomas. (Josh Albelda)
Adamson University head coach Lerma Giron felt that the Lady Falcons’ grueling semifinals series against a gritty College of St. Benilde side prepared her team for the biggest stage of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference.
Dragged by the Lady Blazers into two five-setters they split in the first two games of the Final Four and a winner-take-all that needed four frames to be decided, Guiron’s wards developed that endgame grit that they put to good use Wednesday in the Finals series opener against University of Sto. Tomas.
Despite fielding a young core, Adamson was able to pull through as it drew first blood, 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 21-25, 15-11, to begin the best-of-three series.
“Maganda siguro yung nadaanan namin na talagang hindi bumibitaw. Kasi ilang five sets na ang nalaro namin sa semis eh,” said Guiron.
“Magandang training ground sa kanila na talagang dapat hanggang dulo tapusin,” added the mentor, who took over the spot of Onyok Getigan. “Mahirap man pero nakabuti sa kanila.”
Sophomore Trisha Genesis led all scorers with 21 points but the contributions of the rookie trio Lucille Almonte, Lorene Toring and setter Louie Romero spelled the difference in the match against the Tigresses bannered by sisters Eya and EJ Laure.
Almonte finished with 15 points including the last three points of Adamson while Toring played solid at the net with seven kill blocks for a 15-point outing. Romero remained consistent with her playmaking as she tallied 33 excellent sets for the Lady Falcons.
“It pays off naman kasi sobra ang hirap nila sa training, ganito ang resulta it pays off naman. Worth it naman,” said Giron, whose squad embraces the mantra preached by former Ateneo coach and now Lady Falcons trainer Tai Bundit.
Adamson is now looking to finish off the Tigresses on Saturday.
“Sa ngayon ninanamnam muna namin an gaming panalo. Kanina papunta rito sabi namin, totoo ba ito? Parang nanaginip lang kami,” said Giron. “Possible by tomorrow technical matters ulit, training, review ng games. Ano ang kulang namin? Ano ang igagalaw ng kalaban, yun.”
Coming into the second game, the Lady Falcons promise to up the ante to claim its breakthrough title in the league and first since conquering the defunct V-League’s Season 7 second conference back in 2010.
“Lagi namang sinasabi namin na makasama sa semis ay bonus, then another bonus na makasama sa Finals and mas masarap na bonus kung makuha ang championship,” said Giron. “One step na lang nandoon na, eh di itodo na natin.”
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