Adamson's Faye Guevarra goes for a tip-in against UP. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) The Adamson University Lady Falcons needed only three sets to turn back the lackluster University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons in their first game of the second round of the UAAP Season 76 women's volleyball tournament Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.
Adamson, which ended the first round with a 3-4 win-loss record, outclassed the Lady Maroons over three sets, 25-15, 25-9 and 25-19.
"Buti maganda 'yung start ng second round namin," Adamson head coach Sherwin Meneses said. "Hindi masyadong marami ang unforced errors, at 'yung first ball namin maganda, kaya naka-execute ng maganda si (setter) May (Macatuno)."
The Lady Falcons overcame UP's solid blocking in the first set, with Shiela Pineda, Amanda Villanueva and Faye Guevara both coming up with key hits for Adamson.
Despite losing the set by double-digits, UP showed signs of life particularly in one long rally that ended with two Lady Maroons emphatically denying Pineda.
Meneses said they reminded the Lady Falcons to remain confident even in the face of a strong blocking team like UP.
"Yung coverage namin, lalo namin pinatibay tsaka 'yung kumpyansa ng spikers. Malakas na nga 'yung block, matatakot ka pa na pumalo, talagang hindi ka makakapuntos," he said.
The Lady Maroons seemed to deflate in the second set as their blocking was out of sync and their floor defense left much to be desired. Unable to receive even the services of Adamson, UP only managed to get on board when the Lady Falcons committed errors.
It was a forgettable set for UP as they managed only nine points, while Adamson fired on all cylinders.
The Lady Maroons were much better in the third set, as they raced off to a 4-0 start thanks to an Angeli Araneta crosscourt kill and a block by Alyssa Layug.
After UP took a 9-5 lead, Adamson unleashed an 8-1 scoring blast that allowed them to take control, 13-10. The Lady Maroons did not do themselves any favors as they committed hitting errors that helped the Lady Falcons get on board.
The Lady Falcons cruised to victory after that, with Villanueva coming up big at the end of the set to clinch the victory for Adamson.
The victory allowed Adamson to snap a two-game losing streak, as they lost to National University and Far Eastern University to end the first round. They now have a 4-4 win-loss record.
Macatuno was named the Player of the Game after tallying 18 excellent sets to go along with three points. Villanueva topscored for Adamson with 14, while Pineda added 13 points in another solid outing.
No player scored in double-digits for UP, with Layug and Katherine Bersola each contributing seven points.
UP dropped to 1-7 this season, with their lone win coming against the hapless University of the East Lady Warriors.