Adamson Lady Falcons avoid collapse, turn back UP Lady Maroons in five to force three-way tie for third
Amanda Villanueva again comes up with a fine game to lift the Lady Falcons to a second straight win. Dante Peralta

ADAMSON University avoided a huge collapse, holding off University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-13, 20-25, 22-25, 15-12, on Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Amanda Villanueva scored 17 points, 15 on attacks and two on blocks as the Lady Falcons scored their fifth win in 11 matches to force a three-way tie for third.

It was Adamson’s second straight win after suffering four consecutive losses, boosting its bid for a semifinal berth.

Adamson looked set to post a quick win by taking the first two sets but suddenly went cold and allowed the UP to take the match to a decider.

Jessica Galanza scored four consecutive points to put the Lady Falcons ahead, 12-7, before Angeli Araneta pushed the Lady Maroons to within two.

But Faye Guevara came up with consecutive points and Villanueva closed the match with a power hit down the middle.

Unbeaten Ateneo (11-0) and second-running La Salle (10-1) have secured the first two spots in the semifinals.

Idle University of Sto. Tomas also has a 5-6 record, while National University scored its fifth win in 11 matches earlier on Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs got back on track with a 25-15, 25-19, 25-15 rout of winless University of the East.

Jaja Santiago scored 14 points, 11 on attacks, as the Lady Bulldogs snapped a three-match skid and improved their record to 5-6.

Angelica Dacaymat came up with 11 points for the Lady Warriors, winless in 11 matches.

UP holds a 4-7 record, tied with Far Eastern University in sixth spot.

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