Adamson University, Far Eastern University-Diliman, and University of Santo Tomas secured victories against separate foes to open their second round campaigns on a bright note in the UAAP Season 82 Girls’ Volleyball Tournament at the Paco Arena Saturday.
Team captain Maria Lalongisip scored four service aces and finished with 14 points as the Baby Falcons dispatched titleholder De La Salle-Zobel, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23.A
A balanced attack propelled the Baby Tamaraws to an emphatic 25-18, 25-21, 25-16 victory over University of the East, while the Junior Tigresses walloped winless University of the Philippines Integrated School, 25-18, 25-18, 25-14.
Adamson and FEU tied in third place with identical 4-3 slates, while UST rose to 6-1 in second spot.
National University-Nazareth School, which drew a second round opening bye, is unbeaten in six matches.
Kate Santiago scored all but one of his 12 points from spikes, Raisa Ricablanca added eight points off the bench as May Ann Nuique got seven markers for the Baby Falcons.
“Nakakatuwang hindi sila basta biglang bumibitaw which is yun naman yung pinapractice namin, yung pagwwork hard namin this week nag manifest naman sa game. Yung service talaga namin yung naging key dito,” said Adamson University coach Lerma Giron.
Trailing 13-18 in the third set, the Baby Falcons went on a 12-5 finishing kick topped by Santiago’s down the line kill, for the victory.
Irah Jaboneta registered 11 points for the Junior Lady Spikers, who fell to fifth place at 3-4.
Alexis Miner had six blocks to finish with nine points, Florize Papa and Lyann de Guzman tallied eight points apiece while Issabel Alberto and Jean Asis each have six points for the Baby Tamaraws.
Regine Jurado had seven service aces for a 16-point showing, KC Cepada contributed eight points, all from attacks, while Samantha Maranan added six points, four coming off service aces as the Junior Tigresses rediscovered their winning ways.
The Junior Warriors fell at 1-6, while the Junior Maroons dropped their seventh in a row.
Girls action resumes on Wednesday with three matches slated at the same Paco venue.