ADAMSON cruised to a third straight win in the 75th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Sunday by turning back Ateneo de Manila, 25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 16-25, 15-10, at The Arena in San Juan.
From two sets down, the Lady Eagles dug themselves out of the hole and won the next two sets, capped by their huge 12-3 run in the fourth that force the fifth and deciding contest.
But the Lady Falcons regained their focus and composure, finally peeling off from a tight 8-2 contest in the final set behind a 7-2 run to complete the win against the gritty Lady Eagles, who suited up without star Fille Cainglet.
“Di namin inasahan na wala si Fille (Cainglet),” admitted Adamson coach Sherwin Meneses. “Ang game plan namin andoon si Fille. Every game prepared kami.”
Shiela Marie Pineda led the Lady Falcons with 19 points from 15 attacks and four service aces, while Luisa Zaoanta and Pau Soriano contributed 15 and 14, respectively as Adamson tied Santo Tomas at fourth spot with a 5-3 (win-loss) record.
“Buti nalusutan naming` yung crucial. Ngayon 5-3 na kami, gumaganda ang standings namin. Siguro ang kulang pa ay kailangan namin mag-double time sa blocking,” noted Meneses of Adamson’s four block points in contrast to the 10 of Ateneo.
Alyssa Valdez came through with a league-high 35 points to make up for the absence of the injured Cainglet as she eclipsed the previous record of 33 registered by Angela Benting in Adamson's game against University of Santo Tomas in February 14, 2009.
Ella de Jesus, Dzi Gervacio and Gretchen Ho added 15, 11 and 10 markers, respectively for Ateneo, which lost for the second straight game following its heartbreaking setback against La Salle last week in the same match where Cainglet twisted her right ankle.
The Lady Eagles however, remained in second spot with a 6-2 card.
In the first game, Far Eastern University bested University of the East in straight sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-15.
Marie Toni Basas came away with 17 points to lead the Lady Tams to their third straight win under returning coach Kid Santos.
“May kumpiyansa na. I hope magtuloy-tuloy ang laro niya dahil may height din naman,” said Santos of Basas.
Wenneth Eulalio and Rosemarie Vargas contributed 12 and 11, respectively for FEU which shares fourth place with host National University, both with even 4-4 records.
Shiesa Nebrida made 10 points for UE, which remained winless in eight games.