Adamson University grabbed a piece of the fourth seed after eliminating University of the Philippines, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22, 25-17, in the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball tournament, Tuesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Lady Falcons knotted Ateneo de Manila University at 7-6 heading into the final day of elimination round on Thursday with one last postseason ticket on the line.
Adamson will face De La Salle University at 12:30 pm on Thursday while the Blue Eagles will battle the Fighting Maroons at 6:30 pm.
“If we want na mag continue kami hanggang sa dulo, kailangan isa-isahin yung puntos ipanalo, isa-isahin yung set ipanalo. Nangyayari nakatingin kaagad sa dulo,” said Lady Falcons head coach Lerma Giron.
Ahead by just two, the Lady Falcons went on an 8-3 closing run to take the first set, 25-18, before UP answered in the second period, thanks to a 14-4 run midway for the equalizer, 25-16.
Knotted at 22 in the third frame, Louie Romero completed a 1-2 play before Alyssa Bertolano committed an attacking error. Then Trisha Genesis finished it with a through-the-block kill for the 2-1 Adamson set lead, 25-22.
The Lady Falcons then took it up a notch in the fourth, cruising to a 16-7 start on the way to a dominant 25-17 scoreline for the victory.
“Nakakastress. Sa kagustuhan ng lahat na magpatuloy pa lahat hanggang dulo, gumawa din ang lahat at nag-adjust,” shared Genesis.
Genesis led the Lady Falcons with 18 points and completed a triple-double with 13 excellent receptions and 12 digs.
Rizza Cruz added 12 points while May Ann Nuique pounced 11 points off the bench.
Bertolano paced the Fighting Maroons with 22 points, while Jewel Encarnacion chalked up 13 points of her own.