Galanza-less Adamson outlasts San Beda to complete elims sweep, seal PVL semis duel vs FEU
The Lady Falcons, in their first game without injured star Jema Galanza, proved strong enough to turn back San Beda. Marlo Cueto

ADAMSON University arranged a semis face-off with Far Eastern University in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after it overcame also-ran San Beda College, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 21-25, 15-11 on Monday at The Arena in San Juan.

Ely Soyud and three other players finished in double figures for the Lady Falcons, who played without top hitter Jema Galanza due to a dislocated right ankle, to sweep the five-game elimination round and lead Group B.

Soyud came with 26 points, from 21 spikes, three blocks and two service aces, while Joy Dacoron added 15, Chiara Permentilla had 12 and Bernadette Flora contributed 11 in a match that took two hours and three minutes to finish.

The best-of-three semifinals will start on Wednesday.

But AdU coach Air Padda was obviously not satisfied with the win.

“The thing that was most frustrating about the match for the coaches is that we were not playing like we’re Adamson. They were like super relaxed, laziness mood going on in the court, they treating it like they weren’t being serious,” said the American coach.

“It’s like ‘I get it, I get it that win or lose we’re already in the semis’ but I didn’t want to leave the gym with that feeling. You’re only as good as your last touch on the ball,” she added.

AdU squandered a 20-17 lead in the fourth set as SBC unleashed an 8-1 run capped by three errors from the Lady Falcons to extend the match.

The Lady Red Spikers looked to pull an upset when they rose from a 4-7 deficit to tie the contest, 7-7.

AdU answered with a 6-0 run, 13-7, but SBC threatened, 11-14, courtesy of the Lady Falcons’ errors before senior high school spiker Permentilla sealed the win for the San Marcelino-based squad.

Padda admitted that she was so frustrated she challenged her wards to step up in the absence of Galanza.

She wanted them to rise and shine especially in this tough time.

“You know, I challenged them, I said, this is exactly what I said (to them), maybe were aren’t anything without Jema. Maybe Jema is AdU, maybe we can’t win without her,” she said. “They got pissed off, you got to get your team going and I know we’re not.”

“It’s really hard to lose somebody who’s been with you every game and she’s really been the only consistent presence in the program so not having her on the court is like they didn’t know how to turn to, there was no go-to hitter, no leadership on the court,” she added. 

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Cesca Racraquin finished with 18 points for SBC, while Satrriani Espiritu and Maria Jiezela Viray added 10 markers apiece. 

SBC ended its campaign with a 2-3 win-loss card.  

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