UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Galanza wills Adamson to 5-set upset win
Jema Galanza dropped 26 points in Adamson University's five-set win over Far Eastern University.
Jema Galanza woke up from a scoring slump the last time out as the graduating hitter willed Adamson University to a 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12, win over Far Eastern University in 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Falcons bounced back from a four-set loss to National University to join their victim at 1-1 win-loss records.
Galanza scored all but one of her 26 points off attacks including the last two points of Adamson she capped with a thunderous match-clinching kill over two FEU blockers. The open spiker, who only scored six in their season-opener, added 17 excellent receptions and 15 digs for an all-around performance for the Lady Falcons.
“We were pretty evenly matched with FEU,” said Adamson coach Air Padda, whose squad defeated the Lady Tams for the first time since the first round of Season 78.
Mylene Paat, who was utilized by Padda on the opposite spiker position, registered 13 points inlcuding four kill blocks, Joy Dacoron finished with 11 kills in her 12-point performance while rookie Chiara Permentilla had 11 markers.
Adamson U got the breaks of the game after FEU committed back-to-back errors that broke a 6-6 deadlock in the fifth set.
Lady Tams graduating player Bernadeth Pons tried to spark her team’s comeback but crucial miscues down the stretch pushed Adamson’s lead to 12-9.
Rookie Chiara Permentilla hammered a crosscourt hit to give the Lady Falcons a 13-10 lead before Galanza scored on an easy drop ball after FEU’s misreceive to move at match point.
The Lady Tams saved two match points on a Galaza crossing error and an off the block kill by Pons before Galanza’s closing attack.
Pons paced FEU with 22 points but needed to earn her 21 attack points off 65 attempts.
“The game plan is obviously Pons one of the most deadliest players in the UAAP. I always say this, she’s one of my favorites, it was never like to stop her, we just have to handle her the best that we can and really focus on playing our game confidently," said Padda.
Toni Basas finished with 18 points while Celine Domingo had 10 for the Lady Tams, who played their second five-set match after outlasting Ateneo de Manila University in their season-opener.
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