Lady Falcons outlast Tigresses in marathon 78th UAAP opener
Mark Escarlote on Feb 03, 2016 05:58 PM
Adamson University subdued University of Sto.Tomas in five sets.
Adamson University kept its composure down the stretch to eke out a thrilling 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 28-30, 16-14 win Wednesday against hot-scoring Cherry Rondina and the University of Sto. Tomas Golden Tigresses in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
Jessica Galanza exploded with a career-high 28 points coming off 25 kills and three aces including the match-clinching service winner to seal the two-hour, 32-minute contest as the Lady Falcons joined the defending champion Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles and the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons in the winners’ list.
The third year open hitter Galanza also contributed on the defensive end with 10 digs.
Mylene Paat finished with 19 markers including three kill blocks while May Roque posted 13 points for the Lady Falcons, who took advantage of UST’s 35 errors. Playmaker Fenela Emnas dished out 39 excellent sets on top of her six markers for Adamson, who during the offseason trained in Thailand to sharpen their skills and conditioning.
“Mahalaga ang panalo namin kasi nararamdaman ko ang conditioning (na ginawa naming) kasi sa five sets di ka puwedeng mapagod,” said Adamson head coach Sherwin Meneses.
“Sobrang gusto ko ‘yung nangyari (na na-test ang character ng team) kasi nare-resolve kung sino ang leader sa team. Mahalaga nag-step up lahat ng players,” he added.
Paat pushed the Lady Falcons at match point on a hit, 14-12, before sophomore and Tigresses skipper EJ Laure saved a point on a spike. Paat committed an error for the deuce before middle blocker sent Adamson back in front, 15-14, with a block on UST energizer Rondina.
Sophomore Rondina scored a career-high 30 points from 25 attacks, three aces and two blocks for the Espana-based squad. Laure had 15 points with most of it coming in the third and fourth set as UST forced a decider after yielding the first two frames.
Ria Meneses scored 13 markers including five of the Tigresses 13 kill blocks.
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