MANILA, Philippines – Just three games into UAAP Season 80, the Adamson University Lady Falcons have already exceeded their win total from last year.
The Lady Falcons peppered University of the Philippines (UP) with service aces en route to a 25-9, 27-25, 25-20 triumph on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
It was Adamson's second consecutive victory of the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament, hiking their record to 2-1. The Lady Falcons won only one match in Season 79 in one of the worst campaigns in the history of their program.
"It's a huge accomplishment. Last year was really rough for us. And so, getting our second win in UAAP Season 80… it feels good. It shows there's been improvement in our program, and our team is not a pushover team like last year," said Adamson coach Air Padda.
The Lady Falcons had a whopping 17 aces in just three sets, and had 40 kills against only 26 for UP.
This is the first time that Adamson had beaten UP since Season 77.
Four players scored in double-digits for the Lady Falcons, led by Mylene Paat who had 15 points – eight of which came on aces. Jema Galanza added 14 points built on 13 kills, and Joy Dacoron scored 11. Chiara Permentilla had 10 points while Fhen Emnas tallied 34 excellent sets.
Paat was dominant in the opening set for Adamson, as she served up six of their eight service aces en route to the comfortable victory.
UP, which entered the match as the worst receiving team in the league, improved their reception in the second set and managed to drag Adamson into an extended battle in the process. The Lady Falcons reached set point, 24-23, off a running kill by Dacoron, only for UP to tie the frame by blocking Permentilla at the net.
Dacoron's quick hit made it 25-24, but UP saved another set point through a kill by Isa Molde. But an attack by Permentilla in the next rally, and a hitting error by the Lady Maroons secured the win for the Lady Falcons.
Adamson carried that momentum in the third set, when they pulled away late in the frame, thanks to a Dacoron ace and a powerful down-the-line attack by Galanza. They iced the match when UP's Marian Buitre sent a hit straight to the tape of the net.
"I thought we did a really good job today of controlling the match," said Padda. "The first set hurt UP, because we're serving really tough consistently."
UP skipper Tots Carlos finished with 12 points, but no other Lady Maroon finished in double-digits. It is UP's second straight loss after winning their season-opener against University of the East.
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