Continuing the trend of their encounters in the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Volleyball Tournament, the Adamson University Lady Falcons mustered several come-from-behind rallies to vanquish the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 30-28, 27-25, 21-25, 19-25, 15-13, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Adamson trailed in the first two sets, only to sue for late comebacks to gain a 2-0 advantage. The third and fourth set, however, saw no late rallies from the Lady Falcons, allowing the Lady Tamaraws to force a decider.
“I felt they got like lazy or complacent after we won our first two sets they just got complacent,” said Adamson head coach Air Padda. “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 so there’s still a lot that we got to work on.”
The fifth set was a see-saw battle, with Adamson letting a 6-2 edge slip and allowing FEU to take a 12-10 lead. Built on FEU’s errors, the Lady Falcons made a decisive 4-0 run to surge to a 14-12 lead, setting up Eli Soyud’s game-winning hit.
“It was a little disappointing. After every set we talked to them and it’s like we’re trying to dig ourselves out of a hole. I’m very proud of my team, like we showed major laban today,” added Padda.
Soyud finished with 24 points off 19 attacks, four blocks, and and two aces, while captain Lea Perez added 17 markers which included four rejections.
Jeanette Villareal topped the Lady Tams with 22 points, which included 10 blocks. Jerrili Malabanan added 14 for FEU, who suffered their first loss of the conference.
The Lady Falcons (3-0) take on the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons (1-1) next Sunday at the same venue. The Lady Tamaraws (3-1) face the Perpetual Lady Altas (1-3), also on Sunday.
AdU (3) – Soyud 24, Perez 17, Dacoron 12, Flora 11, Igao 6, Permentilla 6, Genesis 3, Uy 0, Yandoc 0, Ponce (L)
FEU (2) – Villareal 22, Malabanan 14, Guino-o 11, Ebon 10, Carandang 8, Domingo 8, Negrito 8, Cayuna 0, Hernandez 0, Ronquillo 0, Duremdes (L)