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Lady Falcons snap four-game losing skid, sweep Lady Warriors

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The Lady Falcons got back to their winning ways after a 25-15, 25-22, 25-18 romping of the UE Lady Warriors at the San Juan Arena.

The Lady Falcons’ main gunners had a field day against the Lady Warriors’ fledgling front line, finishing with a 39-25 spike advantage. UE didn’t do themselves any favors as well, coughing up 27 errors to Adamson’s 20.

Right from the first point, it was clear that Adamson was the better team. The Lady Falcons’ signature floor defense worked marvelously, digging up UE’s soft attacks while their attackers caught lucky breaks as they even scored off mistimed attacks. The Lady Warriors’ offense began to waver late in the set, sending attacks out of bounds even when no blockers jumped to contest their attempts, leaving Adamson to swoop in and take the set.

When it seemed that the Lady Falcons also had the second set in hand, the Lady Warriors made a run. Down 10-16 midway through the set, UE’s attackers caught Adamson’s defense napping as they spiked Adamson’s lead down to two, 20-22. It took a spirited timeout from coach Sherwin Meneses to get the Lady Falcons to focus and take the second set.

The Lady Warriors had all the momentum in the third set after a rousing comeback attempt in the previous frame. The Lady Warriors continued to rain down solid attacks and eventually took their largest lead of the match at 16-14. The Lady Falcons responded with a vengeance from there, allowing UE only two points as Erika Alkuino and Mylene Paat shut down UE’s attackers, allowing the Lady Falcons to stroll to their fourth win.

The Lady Falcons’ top-three scorers all hit double-digit scoring figures as Amanda Villanueva topscored with 13 while Paat and Jessica Galanza had 11 markers each. UE’s Shaya Adorador scored in double figures for the third time this season, dropping 12 points on the Lady Falcons while Angelica Dacaymat contributed nine points.

The win puts Adamson in a four-way tie for fourth place with NU, UP, and the loser of the FEU-UST matchup while UE is still winless this season. The Lady Falcons will face-off against the Lady Maroons on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum while UE has NU on the same day.

“Kahit sino naman kaya kaming talunin. Paghahanda talaga namin ang UP. Kahit naman wala diyan si Bersola, maganda pa rin iyung nilalaro nila,” said AdU coach Meneses.

The scores:

AdU – Villanueva 13, Paat 11, Galanza 11, Alkuino 8, Guevara 4, Emnas 1, Dacoron 0, Cubio 0, Lebumfacil 0, Tempiatura (L) 0

UE – Adorador 12, Dacaymat 9, Dawis 5, Baliton 4, Ramos 2, Manansala 1, Juanillo 1, Ponon 0, Bendong 0, Arado (L) 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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