MANILA, Philippines – Adamson University bounced back from an opening day loss while Arellano University started their Season 11 First Conference campaign on a good note as both squads dealt separate foes a sweep on Thursday, March 27 in the Shakey’ V-League.
25-15, 25-17, 25-19
The Best: The more-experienced Lady Chiefs went relentless, firing 49 attack points with 11 players scoring at least a point for coach Roberto Javier. That’s more than twice the production of Southwestern U’s spikes. Arellano attacked at a 50% rate (49/98) to pull off the win.
The Worst: Head coach Jordan Praca got a taste of how good Manila-based squads are as the Arellano side kept pounding the Cebu-based spikers. They only had 22 attacks and 4 blocks this time, and also gave 7 aces to the Lady Chiefs.
No venom: After an impressive performance in their opening match, middle blocker Mariyln Llagoso was limited this time to just 8 points on 5 attacks and 3 block points.
Adamson 3-0 St. Louis
25-10, 25-10, 25-20
The Best: Twelve players scored for coach Sherwin Meneses and their offense came from all over the place; middle hitter Mylene Paat led the way with 11 points, followed by Jessica Galanza who finished with 9 markers. Guest player Pau Soriano and Bang Pineda added 15 combined.
The Worst: The Lady Navigators never got their offense flowing, finishing with just 13 attack points compared to a whopping 45 given away to Adamson; they only mustered 7 excellent sets, bowing down to a superior crew.
Gearing for the future: Head coach Sherwin Meneses gave her starters a well-deserved rest and let his younger spikers and bench guys finish the job in the third set. Players like Fem Emnas, Faye Guevarra, Erika Alkuino, Mandy Villanueva, Jessica Galanza, and Keith Lebumfacil broke sweat in the third frame, joining hands to help the Lady Falcons win the match.