UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Adamson shocks DLSU in four sets
Mark Escarlote on Feb 24, 2018 06:30 PM
SHOCKER: Adamson University upsets defending two-time champion De La Salle University.
Adamson University bounced back mightily from a two-game slide with a morale-boosting upset over grand slam-seeking De La Salle University, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Falcons evened their record to 3-3 win-loss record and handed the Lady Spikers their second loss in six games.
Adamson also ended a decade of futility against the Taft-based squad. The Lady Falcons' last win over DLSU was in Season 70 when the Rissa Laguilles and Angela Benting-led Adamson squad defeated the Carla Llaguno and Jacq Alarca-bannered Lady Spikers, 23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-16, on January 23, 2008.
“Today I’m so proud of them. The only goal I set for them was to make the school proud. It wasn’t even about beating La Salle,” said head coach Air Padda, whose squad rebounded from back-to-back losses to University of Sto. Tomas and Ateneo de Manila Uni. “We felt that our game against UST, and our game against Ateneo, we couldn’t be proud of them as coaches. Cuz our expectations are higher.”
“They weren’t playing up to their potential because we felt that they could do more and today we really made it about making the school proud,” she added. “It’s not about the name on your back, it’s about this (taps heart) today.”
Mylene Paat starred in the Lady Falcons’ amazing 12-1 rally that turned a 5-9 fourth set deficit into a 17-10 lead. DLSU fought back to close the gap, 23-19, but Joy Dacoron put Adamson at match point on a running kill.
The Lady Spikers saved three match points capped by Desiree Cheng's off the block kill before Jema Galanza sealed the win with a thunderous hit.
Eli Soyud finished with 18 points off 13 attacks, two aces and a kill block for Adamson in her first game against her former team. Paat and Dacoron had 15 markers each while Galanza posted 10 points, 14 digs and 14 excellent receptions for the Lady Falcons, who who will close the first round against winless University of the East next week.
Adamson uncorked 46 kills, five more than DLSU's output and outblocked the Lady Spikers, 13-6. Graduating Lady Falcons setter Fenela Emas also outdueled sophomore DLSU playmaker Michelle Cobb, 43-29, in excellent sets.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron had 13 points while Cheng scored 10 for the Lady Spikers.
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