Falcons survive Woo's 39 points, secure semis spot playoff
Mark Escarlote on Mar 19, 2016 11:29 AM
Jerome Sarmiento of Adamson attempts a tip to elude the outstretched arms of Gerraint Bacon of De La Salle.
Adamson University survived Raymark Woo’s fiery offensive burst and the pesky De La Salle University Green Spikers to eke out a 17-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 15-13, win and secure at least a Final Four spot playoff Saturday in the 78th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
Paolo Pablico, Dave Pletado and Bryan Saraza showed nerves of steel in the see-saw fifth frame to pull the Falcons through for their second straight victory to improve to 8-3 win-loss record at second spot.
Adamson swept the Green Spikers in their elimination round head-to-head despite Woo’s record of 39 points that broke the mark of former University of Sto. Tomas star Mark Alfafara by two markers when the Tigers lost in Game 1 of last year’s Final Four.
Pletado scored 19 points from 14 kills and five kill blocks while Jerome Sarmiento and Michael Sudaria had 16 and 13 markers, respectively, for the Falcons. Saraza posted 10 markers including the match-clinching combination play to cap the two-hour, 1-minute duel while Pablico had eight markers.
Pablico gave Adamson a 13-12 lead before Pletado added another hit for a two-point lead. Woo fired back to pull DLSU within one but Saraza soared for the finishing blow in a perfectly executed combination play.
Setter Karlle Ramirez orchestrated 47 of Adamson’s total of 57 spikes while Sudaria showcased his versatility with a superb defensive effort of a game-high 29 excellent receptions and 11 perfect digs.
The Taft-based squad dropped to 4-7 slate and was pushed on the brink of elimination in the Final Four race.
Woo pounded 34 attacks - same as Alfafara's output in his 37-point rampage - with four kill blocks and an ace to lead the Green Spikers. Levin Dimayuga and John Onia got 14 markers each for DLSU, which had its three-game winning run snapped.
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