MANILA, Philippines – Not wanting this game to be her final act, Shiela Pineda displayed her lethal form as she led Adamson University into the Final Four, edging Far Eastern University in five sets, 25-17, 23-25, 23-25, 25-13, 15-11, in the 76th UAAP Women’s Volleyball tournament, Wednesday, February 19 at The Arena in San Juan City.
The graduating spiker, who has been big for the Lady Falcons in the eliminations, poured in a game-high 25 markers to earn the right to face Ateneo de Manila in the first game of the stepladder playoffs.
After winning the opening set, 25-17, the San Marcelino squad blew the next two as they fell to unforced lapses but unlike in their last few games, Pineda found backing from Mayette Zapanta and Amanda Villanueva, who each finished in double-digit scoring, to come back from a set down en route to the last ticket to the postseason.
Adamson soared in the early goings as the league’s second best scorer Pineda got her groove in the first set, putting the Lady Tamaraws on the backfoot to claim an eight-point opening frame win.
The Morayta crew, however, bucked a tentative start as they capitalized on Adamson’s costly errors to tie the game at one set apiece.
As usual, Rookie of the Year candidate Bernadeth Pons came out big for the Tams as she was everywhere in the court amidst the Lady Falcons’ gallant stand in the third to take the driver seat with a 25-23 win.
On the brink of saying good bye to their Season 76 campaign, Adamson bounced back mightily behind the efforts of Pineda and Zapanta to send the game into a deciding fifth set, 25-13.
The Lady Falcons then put on an inspired fifth set rally as they gave everything they had in their tanks to finish off the Lady Tams’ year, 15-11, and return to the Final Four after a rollercoaster ride in the two rounds of eliminations.
Zapanta and Villanueva proved to be instrumental for Adamson in a game that could go either way as they contributed 14 and 12 points respectively.
Pons led FEU’s losing cause as she bid farewell to her rookie season scoring 17 while Charlemagne Simborio and Mary Remy Palma each had ten markers. – Rappler.com
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