A NEW-LOOK Adamson dominated San Beda in Pool A, while College of Saint Benilde upset last year’s runner-up Far Eastern University in Pool B of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Sophomore spiker Trisha Genesis ushered the new era of the Lady Falcons sweeping the Lady Red Spikers, 25-18, 25-22, 25-16.
Genesis showed the way with 16 points built on 13 attacks and three aces. Rookie Lucille Almonte chipped in 11 points laced with 19 digs and six excellent receptions, while Ceasa Pinar also added 11 markers.
Besides Almonte, Louie Romero, also a prized recruit from Kings’ Montessori School, dished out 23 excellent sets, while Rizza Cruz added nine points.
“New faces, new breed, new hopes. Magandang simula,” said Adamson head coach Lerma Giron, who took over for Onyok Getigan only for this PVL Conference.
“Siyempre lahat naman ng teams na nagcocompete dito, gusto maganda yung tapos nila. Kami dahan dahan muna.”
Adamson joined earlier winner Ateneo for the early Pool A lead.
Cesca Racraquin and Ela Viray led San Beda with 10 points apiece in a losing cause.
Meanwhile, Saint Benilde stunned last year’s runner-up Far Eastern University, 28-26, 25-22, 25-17, to kick off its Pool B campaign on a high note.
Klarissa Abriam led the Lady Blazers with 13 points off 10 attacks and three blocks including 11 digs. Chelsea Umali had 10 points, while Michelle Gamit added nine markers
But Saint Benilde head coach Jerry Yee downplayed their big win over a UAAP Final Four contender.
“Kumbaga, oldie na tayo sa ganito. You can't expect too much sa unang game palang, unang win palang,” said Yee. “Mahirap na overexcited tayo then maging complacent tayo. Hindi pa tayo umaangat bumagsak ka na. So, yun yung iniingatan natin.”
FEU, which lost the troika of seniors Jerrili Malabanan, Kyle Negrito and Heather Guino-o, was the lone losing UAAP team on the day as its rookie-laden roster was dominated by Saint Benilde’s seniors.
France Ronquillo led the Lady Tamaraws with 11 points. Czarina Carandang had 10 points including seven digs and three excellent receptions, while Ivana Agudo added seven markers on top of 17 digs and seven receives.