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Falcons bop upstart Maroons, claim second straight win

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Behind a masterful performance from their starting seven, the Adamson Falcons quelled a fiery UP squad with a 25-20, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20 victory at the San Juan Arena.

Sporting a relatively young lineup with most of their players being sophomores and seniors, all of the Falcons’ main guns ran a scoring clinic against the Maroons as four of their starters scored in double figures.

Leading the charge for the Falcons was sophomore Bryan Saraza, who notched a game-high 19 points, 18 off spikes and one off an ace. Savvy Beach Volleyball veteran Michael Sudaria contributed 15 points, which included a team-high four blocks. Rookies open hitter Jerome Sarmiento and middle blocker Dave Pletado pitched in 13 and 12 points respectively.

The Maroons, coming off a thrilling five-set win over the DLSU Spikers, were only able to take a single set against the mighty offense of the Falcons, but they still managed a solid overall performance, only giving up 25 errors to AdU’s 31. UP middle blocker, Wendel Miguel led his team in scoring with 13 markers, 11 coming from spikes. UP’s other middle blocker, Frederick Abuda, managed 12 points, with five coming off thunderous blocks.

The scores:
AdU- Saraza 19, Sudaria 15, Sarmiento 13, Pletado 12, David 7, Ramirez 4, Melgar (L) 0.

UP- Miguel 13, Abuda 12, Dela Paz 10, Raymundo 6, San Pascual 6, Cabatingan 3, Hernandez 1, Nicandro (L) 0, San Pedro 0, Badiong 0.

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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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