Adamson soars to flying start in PVL Collegiate Conference with five-set stunner over UP
Jema Galanza evades the UP blockers. Dante Peralta

ADAMSON University escaped with a stunning win over University of the Philippines, 17-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19, 15-9, to kick off its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Monday at The Arena in San Juan.

Former La Salle player Ellie Soyud led the charge for Adamson with 27 points, while skipper Jema Galanza added 18 markers, 16 digs and 16 excellent receptions and Joy Dacoron chipped in 13. 

From an 8-9 deficit, the Lady Falcons closed out the match with a 7-0 run to seal the win and join Arellano University and San Beda College atop Group B with identical 1-0 win-loss cards.

“It’s probably our toughest match we’ll play in our bracket. I think it’s safe to say that if I could pick a rival, it would be them of all the teams in the UAAP so we needed this win. We needed to start off on a strong note,” said Adamson coach Air Padda.

“When we got to the fifth set, the coaches, our hearts were beating so fast because this is exactly what we trained for and I think it showed a really good fight that the girls had, I think they played together as a team,” she added.

The Lady Falcons, who gave away 35 points to UP courtesy of their errors, scored more on attacks (64-53) in a match that took two hours and two minutes to finish.

Team captain Diana Carlos made 19 points for UP, while Marian BUitre and Isa Molde had 16 and 14 markers, respectively.

The Lady Maroons are tied with Technological Institute of the Philippines and College of St. Benilde (0-1).

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