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Eli Soyud drops 26 to lift Jema Galanza-less Adamson to unblemished elims record

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Tiebreaker Times Eli Soyud drops 26 to lift Jema Galanza-less Adamson to unblemished elims record AdU News PVL SBC Volleyball  Thang Ponce San Beda Women's Volleyball Nemesio Gavino Joy Dacoron Fhen Emnas Eli Soyud Cesca Racraquin Air Padda Adamson Women's Volleyball 2017 PVL Women's Collegiate Conference 2017 PVL Season

Without skipper Jema Galanza, the Adamson University Lady Falcons leaned on transferee Eli Soyud to douse the San Beda College Lady Red Spikers, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 21-25, 15-11, and stay undefeated in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Soyud dropped 26 points, one short of the career-best that she had earlier this season, while also providing a defensive presence with 11 digs.

Still, Adamson head coach Airess Padda was alarmed with how her players responded to playing a no-bearing game. The Lady Falcons, regardless of this match’s result, were already through to the semis where they face the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws in a best-of-three series.

“I told them that you’re only really as good as your last hit,” said Padda. “I just didn’t want them going out of the gym with that type of performance. Regardless if was just a no-bearing game, I challenged them to play the best they can.”

The Lady Falcons could have won the match in the fourth set, holding a 19-17 lead. However, a slew of Adamson errors followed, ending with a mis-set to Soyud that extend the match to five sets. In the decider, the Lady Falcons pulled away early, grabbing a 10-6 lead and never looking back.

“We still have a lot to work on. Especially not having Jema around for the next few games, we’re going to need other players to step up consistently,” Padda pointed out.

Middle blocker Joy Dacoron added 15 points, which included two blocks and two aces, while rookie Chiara Permentilla managed 11 markers.

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The Lady Falcons ended the group round with a 5-0 record.

Cesca Racracquin towed the Lady Red Spikers with 18 markers. San Beda closed their campaign with a 2-3 slate.

The Scores

AdU (3) – Soyud 26, Dacoron 15, Permentilla 12, Flora 11, Perez 7, Emnas 4, Pinar 0, Uy 0, Ponce (L)

SBC (2) – Racraquin 18, Espiristu 10, Viray J. 10, Viray N. 9, Paras 6, Baluarte 5, Cuevas 4, Manuel 0, Buno (L)

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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