Forced to another five-set affair, Adamson University made sure that this time the Lady Falcons will be on the winning side after eking out a 25-12, 21-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-11, victory over College of St. Benilde in Game 2 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference semifinals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Wednesday.
League-leading scorer Trisha Genesis and rookie Lorene Toring took over in the final set, scoring crucial points to finish off the Lady Blazers and tie the best-of-three series, 1-1.
“Ngayon hindi sila bumigay. Nu'ng nakaraan 'pag nagkakamali, easily they’re giving up pero ngayon nakita ko yung improvement 'pag nagkamali sila gusto agad nila bumawi,” said Adamson coach Lerma Giron, whose squad crumbled under pressure in the series opener that went the full distance last Sunday.
Game 3 is on Sunday.
Genesis scored 24 points with five coming in the fifth frame and added 15 receptions for the Lady Falcons, who lived to fight another day despite committing 39 errors. Lucille Almonte scored all of her 12 points on attacks while Rizza Cruz also had 12 markers for Adamson, which pounded 69 attacks and took advantage of CSB missing key spiker and floor defender Mycah Go after pulling her hamstring during practice on Monday.
Adamson came back from 6-8 down in the fifth with Genesis sparking a 5-0 run with back-to-back hits to take an 11-8 advantage. The Lady Blazers closed the gap, 13-10, before Toring pushed the Lady Falcons at match point with a tip off CSB’s overreception.
Klarisa Abriam saved a match point for the Lady Falcons before Genesis hammered the final nail on the coffin of the Lady Blazers.
Abriam posted 23 points with 21 coming off kills while Gayle Pascual got 14 markers for the Lady Blazers.
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.