UAAP VOLLEYBALL: UP shoots down Adamson in five sets

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: UP shoots down Adamson in five sets
Tots Carlos dropped 22 points in University of the Philippines' five-set win over Adamson University.

University of the Philippines survived a tough challenge given by first round tormentor Adamson University in a tight 25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14 win Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Lady Maroons saved a match point after squandering a two-point lead late in the fifth set before Diana Carlos and Ayel Estranero stole the win on back-to-back hits to tie their victim at 3-5 win-loss slates.    

UP went ahead 12-10 in the deciding frame but allowed the Lady Falcons to make a run and move at match point, 14-13, on a through the block hit by Mylene Paat.

Carlos saved the Diliman-based squad from collapsing with back-to-back off the block kill before Estranero landed a well-placed shot to an open backrow of Adamson, which handed UP a 25-9, 27-25, 25-20, Valentine’s Day loss in their first meeting.

Carlos dropped 22 points anchored on 20 attacks while Isa Molde and Marian Buitre added 18 and 12 markers, respectively, for the Lady Maroons, who bounced back from a straight sets loss to National University last Sunday. Rose Cailing had 32 excellent sets while Estranero tallied 31 excellent sets and 12 digs for UP.

"We don't want to lose twice on the same team. Our passing improved, the way we serve. Even though we sent balls out, we served well," said UP Kenyan coach Godfrey Okumu, whose wards landed 10 service winners.      

The Lady Falcons dropped their second straight match after shocking two-time champion De La Salle University two weeks ago.

Adamson broke a 12-12 tie in the fourth set with telling 8-4 scoring blast to build a 20-16 lead. UP countered to close the gap, 23-21, before rookie Chiara Permentilla and Jema Galanza forced a decider on back-to-back hits.

The Lady Maroons saw its 20-8 third set lead cut to only three when the Lady Falcons mounted an 11-2 rally to breathe down UP’s neck, 22-19. Isa Molde uncorked a kill after the Lady Maroons called time to stop Adamson’s momentum.

Estranero scored on a service ace before Diana Carlos sealed the frame with a spike.

Adamson after surrendering the opening set went hot in the second frame to equalize as the Lady Falcons built an 18-7 lead on Le-Ann Perez service winner.

Galanza had 19 points, Permentilla finished with 17 while Paat posted 14 markers for Adamson.

   

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