Bolstered by a spectacular balanced attack, the Adamson Falcons dispatched the FEU Tamaraws, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 for solo claim on second place.
The young Adamson Falcons continued their trend of letting their foes get the jump early in sets only to have their spiking and blocking take them through to the set win.
Sloppy overall play hampered the Tamaraws’ cause early in the first set as their nine errors gave Adamson a 15-8 lead. It didn’t take long for Adamson to pile on errors of their own, trimming their lead to one. Adamson rookies Dave Pletado and Bryan Saraza delivered down the stretch for their team, quelling FEU rallies with thunderous spikes and gifting AdU the first set.
FEU took charge to kick off the second set, checking Adamson attacks and converting them to sharp spikes for a 13-8 lead. Adamson team captain Mike Sudaria, JC David and seldom-used JP Yude powered an Adamson run that brought the Falcons to a 17-17 tie. FEU middle blocker Greg Dolor unfurled consecutive blistering spikes to keep Adamson at bay but Sudaria answered each with his own, claiming the set for the Falcons, who rifled off a season-high 19 spikes in the set.
FEU controlled most of the third set, clinging to a slim three-point lead they kept up to 20-17. From that point, errors plagued the FEU side, opening the door for Adamson to sneak in and take the match.
Adamson pulled stellar performances from everyone they fielded. Team captain Sudaria led their attack with 10 points while Pletado and rookie Yude pitched in eight points apiece.
Adamson now holds a 6-1 record good for second behind NU who also has a 6-1 slate but was responsible for Adamson’s only loss. FEU sits at sixth with a 2-5 record.
Adamson – Sudaria 10, David 8, Yude 8, Saraza 7, Pletado 5, Ramirez 4, Sarmiento 4, Mallapre 0, Melgar (L) 0
FEU – Dolor 14, Margate 7, Barrica 5, Gacutan 5, Camcam 4, Cayanan 2, Marmeto R. (L), 0 Marmeto L. (L) 0