Lady Fal­cons de­mol­ish En­gi­neers, near PVL semis

Manila Times - - SPORT -

ADAM­SON con­tin­ued to soar be­hind its power game, crush­ing Tech­no­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of the Philip­pines, 25- 12, 2514, 25- 13, to zero in on the first semi­fi­nals berth in Group B of the Premier Vol­ley­ball League Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence at the Filoil Fly­ing V Cen­ter in San Juan on Satur­day.

The Lady Fal­cons un­loaded 44 spikes, twice more than the Lady En­gi­neers’ 19, and feasted on their ri­vals’ poor re­cep­tion to score 12 aces and com­plete the 55- minute de­mo­li­tion for their third straight vic­tory.

That put the San Marcelino- based school a win away from for­mal­iz­ing its stint in the Fi­nal Four of the sea­so­nend­ing con­fer­ence of the league or­ga­nized by Sports Vi­sion although from the looks of things, the Lady Fal­cons could sweep their last two matches against the win­less St. Be­nilde Lady Blaz­ers on Sept. 25 and ver­sus the San Beda Red Spik­ers ( 2- 1) at the end of the sin­gle round elims on Oct. 2.

Jema Galanza fired 18 points, in­clud­ing six aces, while Joy Da­coron backed her up with 12 hits, in­clud­ing three blocks, as the Lady Fal­cons, who nipped the UP Lady Ma­roons in five and trounced the Arel­lano U Lady Chiefs, firmed up their hold of the solo lead in their side of the two-di­vi­sion tour­na­ment backed by Mikasa and Asics.

Fen Em­nas an­chored Adam­son’s romp with 23 ex­cel­lent sets with May Per­men­tilla and Lea- Ann Perez com­bined for 14 points and Ber­nadette Flora, Joy Soyud and Em­nas dished out four hits apiece.

Gayle Layug scored eight points and Jean Ji­non had seven mark­ers for the hap­less Lady En­gi­neers, who dropped to 0- 3.

Ear­lier, Ate­neo booked the first semi­fi­nal berth in the men’s side as it tram­pled Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines, 25- 18, 25- 18, 25- 18.

Gian Glo­rioso fired 13 hits while Marck Espejo came away with 12 points as the Ea­gles clob­bered the Ma­roons, 38-23, in spikes and pro­duced 14 blocks against their ri­vals’ four to notch their fifth straight vic­tory for a spot in the Fi­nal Four.

UP dropped to 1- 3 and in dan­ger of miss­ing the semis in the eight- team, sin­gle round robin tour­na­ment.

Ear­lier, La Salle sur­vived San Beda’s gritty stand and carved out a tough 2516, 23- 25, 25- 16, 32- 30 vic­tory to boost its semis bid with a 3- 2 card be­hind idle Far East­ern U’s 3- 1 slate. SBC also slipped to 1- 3. Mean­while, Ate­neo also posted a straight- set win over Lyceum but needed strong fin­ishes in all frames to com­plete a 25- 23, 25- 20, 25- 20 vic­tory in the sec­ond game.

The Lady Ea­gles ac­tu­ally yielded the spik­ing duel, 26- 36, but made up for this with their hus­tle and solid stint on the ser­vice box, pro­duc­ing 12 aces, in­clud­ing three each from Deanna Wong and Bea de Leon as they stayed in the semis hunt with a 2- 1 card.

Madeleine Ma­dayag came up with nine hits while Ju­liane Sa­monte, Pauline Gas­ton and De Leon scored eight points each for the Katipunan-based squad which plays San Se­bas­tian ( 1- 2) on Sept. 23.

Ro­ce­lyn Hon­gria put on a 12- hit per­for­mance while Cher­i­lyn Sin­dayen had nine mark­ers and Cherry Gen­ova added eight points for Lyceum which had failed to cash in on their at­tacks and dropped to 1- 2.


Adam­son’s libero Jel­lie Tem­piatura ( 7) tries to keep the ball in play as teams Jema Galanza ( 8) and Lea- Ann Perez look on dur­ing their PVL Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence clash with Tech­no­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of the Philip­pines.

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