ADAMSON University showed grit to deny Far Eastern University, 30-28, 27-25, 21-25, 19-25, 15-13, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.
Eli Soyud finished with 24 points for AdU, which remained unbeaten in three outings.
But Lady Falcons coach Air Padda still had mixed emotions about the win – she’s both proud and disappointed at the same time.
“It was a little disappointing after every set we talked to them it’s like trying to dig ourselves out of a hole and I think like I’m very proud of my team like major laban today,” she said.
Down, 10-12, in the fifth set, the Lady Falcons scored four straight points to reach match point, including two outside hits from Jerrili Malabanan.
Malabanan made up for her mistake as she gave the Lady Falcons a 13-14 lead before Eli Soyud scored on a through-the-block attack to seal the win for AdU.
“I felt they got like lazy or complacent after we won our first two sets,” Padda rued.
“We won two sets and I’m like you don’t wanna go to five sets with FEU, I mean this is a fighting team,” she added.
Skipper Lea Ann Perez made 17 points for AdU, while Joy Dacoron had 12 and Bernadette Flora had an all-around game of 11 markers, 29 digs and 19 excellent receptions.
Jeanette Villareal top-scored FEU with 22 points, including 10 of the team’s 21 blocks, while Malabanan had 14, Heather Guino-o chipped in 11 and Lycha Ebon contributed 10.
FEU absorbed its first loss in four matches.