Falcons keep Final Four hopes alive
Mark Escarlote on Mar 26, 2017 01:29 PM
Adamson University remains in contention for a Final Four berth.
Adamson breathed new life to its flickering semifinals hopes alive after a huge upset over the Far Eastern University, 25-23, 23-25, 15-25, 25-20, 17-15, Sunday in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.
Jerome Sarmiento played the hero’s role for the Falcons, nailing timely hits to put a little ray of hope to their Final Four bid. Adamson improved to 3-9 win-loss record
Down, 12-14, in the fifth set, Sarmiento saved a match point with a kill before FEU committed an error to tie the deciding frame.
Tams hitter Greg Dolor smashed his spike straight to the net to surrender the lead to Adamson but Michael Sudaria sent his serve long that tied the frame to 15.
Sarmiento reclaimed the match point advantage with a left cross court hit before unleashing another missile from the same side to complete the upset and payback from their first round, five-set loss to the Tams.
“Ginawa namin ay naglaro na lang kami para sa pride namin,” said an exhausted Sudaria, who admitted that clinching a spot in the next round is already out of their hands.
The Falcons need to win all their remaining games against University of Sto. Tomas and University of the Philippines and hope that no other team which are still in contention for a Final Four spot reach six wins. The ideal scenario for Adamson to make it to the semis is to play in a playoff in case of a four-way tie at 5-9 between them, UST (5-6), UP (5-6) and De La Salle (4-7).
Sarmiento and Sudaria scored 19 markers each while Dave Pletado had 15 for Adamson.
FEU slid to 6-6 record but kept a tight hold of the third spot behind unbeaten defending champion Ateneo de Manila (12-0) and National University (11-1).
Dolor saw his 27-point effort go down the drain. John Paul Bugaoan and skipper Richard Solis scored 14 each while Redijohn Paler made 11 for the Morayta-based squad.
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