Adamson keeps hold of the lead, escapes thriller versus UP

Mark Escarlote on Feb 24, 2016 03:05 PM
Adamson keeps hold of the lead, escapes thriller versus UP
Adamson's winning roll continues with its fifth straight.

Adamson flirted with disaster after taking the first two sets before pulling through in the decider for a share of the lead of the 78th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament with the defending champion Ateneo de Manila.

The Falcons outlasted the young and gritty University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 25-18, 25-23, 18-25, 18-25, 15-13, Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan for their fifth straight victory in six games.

Four Adamson players scored in double figures to showcase the balance arsenal of head coach Domingo Custodio’s team.

Jerome Sarmiento had 19 points coming from 15 attacks and four service aces, Bryan Saraza finished with 18, team captain Michael Sudaria posted 16 markers while Paolo Pablico got 13 for Adamson, which after losing in straight sets against National University in the season opener bounced back mightily. Karlle Ramirez dished out 35 excellent sets, Sudaria contributed on the defensive end with eight digs while Saraza had 11 perfect receptions for the San Marcelino-based squad.   

The Falcons seemed ready to overwhelm the Fighting Maroons before Wendel Miguel and Alfred Valbuena waxed-hot in the next two frames to tie the match.

Adamson reached match point, 14-10, on an off speed hit by Sudaria only to give UP three straight points off their errors that cut the Maroons’ deficit to a single point. 

Saraza had enough and smashed an off the block attack to end the two-hour, 1-minute match.                             

Custodio admitted that it was an ugly win but a win nonetheless.

“Bumitaw kami sa receiving sa 3rd fourth and even in this fifth set,” he said. “Buti nakabawi naman kami.”

Miguel registered a game-high 21 points while Valbuena and rookie John Millete finished with 18 and 13 markers, respectively, for the Maroons.

UP absorbed its second straight defeat and slid to 3-3 card.






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