MANILA, Philippines – The Adamson Lady Falcons improved to 5-6 in their UAAP Season 77 women’s volleyball campaign with a thrilling five-set victory over the UP Lady Maroons, 25-21, 25-13, 20-25, 22-25, 15-12, on Saturday, February 7, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
In a game that lasted nearly two hours, 7 different players scored in double-figures for both teams. Mylene Paat and Amanda Villanueva put up 17 points each for the Lady Falcons, while Jessica Galanza wasn’t far behind with 16 markers.
After a tightly-contested first set, Adamson had a much easier time winning the second set, 25-13. But UP, who looked lackadaisical for the first two periods, switch the tables in the third set and established a 23-13 lead following an error on the Lady Falcons.
The Lady Maroons couldn’t close out their opponents easily, as Adamson racked up seven straight points to get within four, 24-20. Following a timeout called by UP head coach Gerry Yee, the Lady Maroons closed the set thanks to a kill from Marian Buitre.
Buitre finished with 13 markers. UP was led by Angeli Araneta, who once again stepped up for the absent Kathy Bersola (torn ACL), with 23 points. Veteran Nicole Tiamzon finished with 14 markers. Vina Alinas put up 12.
Both teams exchanged conversions in the fourth set, with the game tied at 22 late. But it was all UP from there: Tiamzon scored on a cross-court kill, Jewel Lai converted on a drop, and Chester Ong scored on a block to take the set by three.
A strong start by Galanza in the fifth set spearheaded her club to a 12-7 advantage. Tiamzon helped rally her club back to within two, but conversions by Faye Guevara and a winning kill by Villanueva sealed the contest.
Adamson feasted on miscalculations by UP, totalling 41 points off errors. The Lady Falcons also had more excellent digs, 48-31, and had more excellent sets, 39-21.
At 5-6, Adamson is tied with UST and NU for the no. 3 seed in the league standings. UP, now 4-7, fell to no. 6.
Adamson will be back in action next Sunday, February 15, when they go up against La Salle (10-1). UP will aim to bounce back on Saturday, February 14, against UST.
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