Falcons set eyes on clinching a semis ticket
Mark Escarlote on Apr 01, 2016 10:48 AM
Knocking on semis' door: Adamson Falcons is just a win away for a fifth straight Final Four appearance.
Adamson hopes to formalize its entry in the Final Four when the Falcons meet winless University of the East Red Warriors on Saturday in the 78th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Falcons aim to follow early qualifier two-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles in the semifinals and to improve their 8-3 record in the 8:00 a.m. match.
A win will also further strengthen Adamson’s chances of clinching a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage. Ateneo is assured of at least a playoff for the semis incentive.
After opening the second round with two straight losses, Adamson is again on a roll.
With their confidence and morale back, the Falcons won two in a row, defeating Far Eastern University in four sets before escaping a feisty De La Salle side, 17-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 15-13, last March 19 before the league went into a long Holy Week break.
The Red Warriors, on the other hand, are playing the spoilers’ role after yet another early vacation. UE is winless in their previous 11 matches.
UE gave FEU some resistance when the two teams met last March 20, but the Tamaraws were too much for the Red Warriors, who yielded a 25-20, 27-25, 23-25, 25-13 decision for the Recto-based school’s 25th straight setback since a listless outing last year.
Adamson defeated UE in the first round, 25-18, 25-14, 25-23, last February 6. The win sparked the Falcons impressive six-game romp to end the first round before a slow start in the second.
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