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Paat, Galanza torch Lady Tams, lift AdU to second win

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Channeling impeccable performances from their second year players, the Lady Falcons downed the Lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 27-25, 25-13 at the San Juan Arena.

Adamson’s rising star from Baguio, Mylene Paat, blasted a career high 17 points off 13 spikes, 4 blocks, and an ace while fellow sophomore Gemma Galanza amassed 16 points, all on spikes.

Adamson also did a tremendous job in shutting down FEU’s offensive anchors as they held beach volleyball tandem Bernadette Pons and Charm Simborio to only six points apiece while middle blocker Remy Palma managed only seven. Overall, the Adamson offense churned out a spicy outing, doubling up FEU in spikes, 46-23.

The first had both teams take turns in rattling off powerful spikes early as neither gave way. With the set tied at 16, a slew of high flying attacks from AdU and unforced errors from the Tams allowed Adamson to take the set.

The Tams started the second chapter hot, as Simborio’s powerful spiking and simple miscues from Adamson piled up on the Lady Falcons, allowing FEU to take a four point lead heading into the first technical timeout. Adamson slowly climbed back as Paat continued to drill home spikes, tying the game at 12. The fierce rivals continued to slug it out into a deuce. With FEU taking first set point in the deuce, team captain Faye Guevara bailed Adamson out with an ace then Mands Villanueva capped the set off a combination play.

The Lady Falcons continued their mastery of the Lady Tams in the third set, taking a mighty 20-6 lead in the set behind shifty serves from Villanueva and explosive offense from Galanza.

The win gives Adamson two straight victories after dropping their first two games against last season’s finalists. FEU is also at 2-2 after wins against UP and UE and losses to both ADMU and AdU.

The scores:

AdU- Paat 17, Galanza 16, Guevara 8, Alkuino 7, Emnas 0, Cortel (L) 0, Listana 0, Lebumfacil 0

FEU- Palma 7, Pons 6, Simborio 6, Basas 5, Casugud 4, Guino-O 4, Malabanan 2, Papa 2, Agno (L) 0, Negrito 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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