Adamson University’s hot fourth set performance highlighted its 23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-12 triumph over skidding Ateneo De Manila University and take its first win in the UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Tournament, Tuesday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Adamson went for the kill in the fourth frame, putting up a 14-point, 19-5 advantage to take the fight out of the Blue Eagles. The lead eventually reached 15, 22-7, off a kill from May Ann Nuique.
Alexis Miner committed an attack error which sent the game to match point. Meanwhile, a service error from Pia Ildefonso bagged the win for Adamson.
“Pagod na kami pero worth it naman lahat ng pagod,” said Lady Falcons head coach Lerma Giron as this is the team’s first win over Ateneo since Season 75. “Siyempre sobrang saya, pakiramdam namin sabi ko nga kanina, nung isang araw pa we need to win this game kasi sobra na yung nasakripisyo ng mga players, lahat sa Adamson even coaching staff. So we really want this game talaga.”
Trisha Genesis finally played her best game for the season, scoring 17 points to go along with 12 excellent receptions to lead the Lady Falcons to a 1-2 standing while Nique added 15 points and 13 excellent digs.
Lucille Almonte chipped in 12 points and 12 excellent digs while Lorene Toring had 11 points. Louie Romero dished out 15 excellent sets to go along with two points and 13 excellent digs in the win.
Adamson moved to 1-2 while Ateneo, the reigning UAAP champion, fell to 0-3 to start the season.
Faith Nisperos was once again the lone bright spot for the Blue Eagles with 16 points and 12 excellent receptions while Vanie Gandler had 11 points and eight digs. Jaja Maraguinot collected 14 excellent digs as Roma Doromal had eight digs.
Adamson will take on the undefeated UP on Thursday at 4:00 PM while Ateneo will look to enter the win column against FEU at 12 PM on the same day.