Lady Maroons return in win column, boost Final Four bid

Mark Escarlote on Mar 22, 2017 03:41 PM
Lady Maroons return in win column, boost Final Four bid
University of the Philippines asserts its mastery over Adamson to boost its Final Four bid. (File photo)

The University of the Philippines returned to the win column and fueled its bid for a Final Four spot after sweeping the hapless Adamson Lady Falcons, 25-15, 25-16, 25-20, Wednesday in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Lady Maroons started out flat before eventually getting their groove to turn back the winless Lady Falcons and climbed up to 6-5 win-loss record.

Isa Molde was sharp at the service line, nailing six aces on her way to 15 points to lead the Diliman-based squad. Graduating player Kathy Bersola had 12 points highlighted by 10 kills while Diana Carlos dropped all but one of her 11 markers off attacks.

The win gave UP the much-needed morale boost as it enters the final stretch of the elimination round. The Lady Maroons need to sweep its next three games against National University, University of Sto. Tomas and Far Eastern University for a good chance to advance in teh next round.

"Medyo nilu-look forward kasi namin 'yung sa NU game. Sa kumpyansa nila, malaking tulong 'yung (panalo) today," said UP assistant coach Rald Ricafort. "More on sa side kasi namin na kailangan i-correct ang previous errors, so medyo na-correct naman ang karamihan kanina, although meron pa rin (mga dapat ayusin)."     

UP bounced back from a straight sets loss to the defending champion De La Salle University Lady Spikers in its previous outing and asserted its mastery over Adamson, which was outgunned by the Lady Maroons in spikes, 42-21.

The Lady Falcons remained winless in 11 outings and dropped its 18th straight since last season.

Skipper Jema Galanza finished with 10 points while Joy Dacoron had nine markers for Adamson.




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