Adamson boots out UP in semis race

Mark Escarlote on Apr 05, 2017 03:11 PM
Adamson boots out UP in semis race
Jerome Sarmiento dropped 18 points in his last game as an Adamson Falcon.

It was not the kind of exit skipper Michael Sudaria, setter Karlle Ramirez and Jerome Sarmiento wanted when they suited up for the Adamson Falcons for their last season.

The trio spent most of their collegiate careers competing in the Final Four and even went a win close to breaking in to the Finals last year.

With only five wins in their pocket in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament, the troika’s last hurrah left them a bittersweet feeling as they bid adieu to their teammates Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Adamson ended their season with three straight victories capped by a 21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-14, win that formally booted out University of the Philippines in the semis race. 

But the Falcons failed to advance in the semifinals for the first time in six years.        

The victory locked the Final Four cast with the three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila (13-0), National University (12-1), Far Eastern University (7-6) and University of Sto. Tomas (6-7). 

Adamson tied its victim and De La Salle University at fifth to seventh spots with 5-9 slates.

Sarmiento finished with 18 points including 15 coming off attacks while John Yude and Dave Pletado, who is still unsure if he will return next year, scored 17 and 11 markers, respectively, for the San Marcelino-based squad.

Sudaria and Ramirez each had three points.

"Siyempre, unang apat na taon ko, sanay kami na nasa Final Four lagi. Kaso, hindi talaga pinalad this year," said Sudaria. "Pero tapos na 'yun. Ang sa amin na lang, tapusin itong season na 'to na lahat binibigay namin para sa lahat nang sumusuporta sa amin lalo na nu’ng nasa baba kami."

The Fighting Maroons crashed to its fourth straight defeat and missed the Final Four again after breaking a four-year semis drought last year.

Alfred Valbuena registered 12 point in his last game as a UP player while John Mark Millete and Jerry Earl San Pedro finished with 15 and 10 markers, respectively.



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