ADAMSON University and University of Santo Tomas made short work of their respective foes to inch closer of clinching semifinals berths in the PVL Collegiate Conference on Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.
Holdovers Ceasa Piñar and Trisha Genesis led Adamson in knocking out hapless San Sebastian, 25-18, 25-19, 25-14, to remain unscathed in three matches for a share of Pool A lead.
Piñar led the young Lady Falcons with 15 points off 11 kills, three blocks and an ace while Genesis had 10 points.
Rookie Lorene Turing also stepped up with nine markers, with freshman setter Louie Romero pacing Adamson with 11 excellent sets and fired five aces.
Adamson is tied with idle Ateneo on top of Pool A before the two teams put their perfect record on the line in a crucial showdown next week.
“It's a good start for us pero 'yung gusto talaga naming mangyari, malayo pa e. Kumbaga nasa first, two, three steps palang kami,” said Adamson coach Lerma Giron. “Actually, we're always looking at the long term goal namin which is the UAAP.“
The Lady Stags remained winless in three games and fell out of semifinals contention in Pool A.
UST also eliminated winless Technological Institute of the Philippines, 25-11, 25-9, 25-11, for the solo Pool B lead.
Eya Laure played an inspired game after being reunited with elder sister EJ three years after, leading the Tigresses with eight points, all coming from attacks.
Rookies Joyce Abueg and Imee Hernandez also stepped up with eight and seven markers, respectively, as UST head coach KungFu Reyes had the luxury of fielding all his players in the team’s third straight win.
The victory moved the Espana-based team a win shy of earning one of two semis berth in Pool B.
“Siyempre nanalo ulit. Magandang tendency na pumasok kami sa top two. Malaking bagay para sa amin,” Reyes said. “Unti-unting nabubuo ang tropa so mas malaking bagay yun, dun kami sa magandang output.”
TIP suffered its third straight loss as only four players scored, combining for 14 attacks for a total of 16 points, unlike UST which unleashed 36 spikes.
Meanwhile, Letran erased a two-set deficit and upset University of Perpetual Help, 16-25, 24-26, 26-24, 25-18, 17-15, to earn its first win in Pool A.
Chamberlaigne Cuñada delivered 18 points built on 16 attacks and two blocks and sparked a 6-0 run that erased Perpetual’s 24-20 third set lead.
Kath Dela Cruz had 14 points laced with 24 excellent digs, while Charm Simborio and Kristine Miranda chimed in 12 and 10 markers, respectively.
Edma Musngi dished out 14 excellent sets and nailed the lucky, match-clinching over receive on top of four aces as Letran improved to 1-2 record and forced a triple tie in the third to fifth places of Pool A together with Perpetual and idle San Beda.