Lady Maroons roll past Lady Falcons

Mark Escarlote on Feb 05, 2017 03:28 PM
Lady Maroons roll past Lady Falcons
University of the Philippines swept Adamson Falcons to open their campaign in the 79th UAAP women's volleyball tournament.

University of the Philippines flexed its muscles in an easy 25-18, 25-11, 25-18, win Sunday over the Adamson University Lady Falcons to open its campaign in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.  

Graduating veterans Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon led the way for the Lady Maroons, which joined early winners National University and Ateneo de Manila.

Bersola scored 11 points with six coming off service aces and three from kill blocks while sophomores Diana Carlos and Isa Molde finished with 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Diliman-based squad. Carlos smashed seven kills and had three kill blocks while Molde scored but one of her productions from attacks while adding four digs.   

"Needs improvement, hindi magandang test eh kasi bago ang kalaban," said UP head coach Jerry Yee, downplaying their dominating win. "May mga miscues pa rin tayo at saka yung mga usual mistakes natin nandyan pa rin. Dominant? Probably not, because of us."

"Happy (sa panalo) of course. A win is a win. Straight sets masaya tayo," he added.

Sophomore Justine Dorog played a superb debut as a converted libero, filling the void left by Princess Gaiser, who had to sat out the game because of a lower back injury. Dorog had seven digs and five excellent receptions.

Another converted player Arielle Estranero, UP's libero last year, passed her first test as a setter, dishing out 23 sets for the Lady Maroons.   

The young Lady Falcons’ lack of experience were obvious during the game with fourth year player Jema Galanza struggling to find her form and was limited to only six points.

Bernadette Flora finished  with nine points while Joy Dacoron and Renjean Momo combined for only eight points for Adamson, which gave away 25 points off their errors and were peppered with 15 aces to spoil the first game of new American mentor Airess Padda.   

 

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