Eli Soyud not backing down in filling leadership void left by injured Galanza for depleted Adamson
Eli Soyud is ready to take on a bigger role for Adamson with Jema Galanza out with an injury and two others playing in UAAP beach volleyball. Kiev Iz Kresta

WITH star hitter Jema Galanza shelved by an ankly injury, Eli Soyud has filled up the void for Adamson in the Premier Volleyball League.

And so far, so good for Soyud.

The former La Salle spiker was at the forefront of the Lady Falcons' attack in the 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 15-8 win over Far Eastern Universityin Game One of the semifinals last Wednesday. 

Soyud finished with game-high 23 points, none bigger than the combination play that gave Adamson a 13-8 lead before a Bernadette Flora kill and an error by Jerrili Malabana sealed the win.

Although she is still adjusting to his new role, the opposite spiker admitted she is taking it upon herself to make up for the absence of Galanza.

"Yun nagmomotivate sakin," Soyud said after the match at the Filoil Flying V Centre. 

"Pero di ko naman iniisip talaga yung scoring. Basta ginagawa ko lang role ko para mapunan yung dapat punan sa team." 

She is expected to same major role on Saturday when the Lady Falcons look to finish off FEU in the best-of-three affair, more so since Bernadette Flora and Chrislyn Uy will sit out the match to play for their beach volleyball team.

"Pukpukan na naman kami kasi mawawala si Flora at si Kring so magsa-suffer defense namin. Kailangan namin mag-focus dun kasi yung atake namin andun naman," she said.

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