Manila, Philippines – Adamson University needed more than two hours to wear down University of Santo Tomas (UST) in a five-set thriller on Sunday to notch its second straight win in UAAP Season 74 women’s volleyball action at the Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Falcons struggled for a 25-18, 18-25, 28-26, 23-25, 15-13 victory they booked in two hours and 15 minutes over the Tigresses to go 2-1 won-lost in the eliminations.
It was a long Sunday afternoon for UAAP volleyball as University of the East (UE) also went through five sets in two hours and 19 minutes in beating National University, 24-26, 25-21, 25-27, 25-16, 15-5.
Mayette Zapanta provided the fifth-set spark for the Lady Falcons, a powerful kill that pegged the count at 10-7 in Adamson’s favor. They never looked back after that to wrap up their long afternoon match that went into the early evening.
Adamson is now tied for third place with erstwhile unbeaten Ateneo. They trail defending champion De La Salle and Far Eastern University which have 2-0 cards each.
“Wala kaming ibang iniisip kung hindi ang manalo kaya ibinuhos namin sa fifth set. Nagbubunga na ang mga paghihirap namin,” said Zapanta.
Pau Soriano contributed 14 points for the Lady Falcons, who also drew 13 hits each from Sheila Pineda and Jampong Quinlog.
Maru Banaticla had a career-high 25 hits while rookie Gi Reyes made 19 points and Maika Ortiz 10 hits for Tigresses.
The Lady Warriors, meanwhile, went the same route earlier Sun day to edge the Lady Bulldogs and give their new head coach Boy Dalistan his first victory in the UAAP.
“We became focused [in the fifth set] and our defense worked,” said Dalistan, who replaced Vangie de Jesus as coach of the Lady Warriors only last summer.
Sarina Faith Bulan, a transferee from University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, uncorked all her 18 hits on attacks while Shiesa Nebrida added 14 points for the Lady Warriors, who lost their season-opener, 26-24, 25-12, 25-7, to Ateneo last Wednesday.
Kite Rosale played big this time for UE with 12 points and five service aces, while Leuseht Dawis, who also plays beach volleyball, made 11 hits.
Cai Nepomuceno had 23 points and three blocks and Lucille Bayron made 13 for the Lady Bulldogs, who started the season strong with a 25-6, 25-15, 25-18 victory over Universty of the Philippines last weekend.
Bulan, Dawis and Nebrida took advantage of an erratic NU side in the fifth set and scored the frame’s first 11 points.
The Lady Bulldogs lost 48 points on errors, despite Bayron registering a season-high 13 blocks.
In the men’s division, JR Labrador and Arvin Avila combined for 31 hits as Far Eastern University beat UP, 26-24, 25-18, 25-21, for a 2-0 record. Ron Jay Galang had 13 hits and John Hendrix Competente made 10 points in Adamson University’s 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 victory over UE.