MUCH-NEEDED. UP can finally celebrate win number one in the tournament.
It took a while, but the University of the Philippines is finally inside the winner’s circle in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.
After dropping the first set, the Lady Maroons dug deep and then came alive for a four-set triumph over Adamson University, 23-25, 25-20, 25-13, and 25-22 on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Tots Carlos and Isa Molde were at the forefront of the attack with 20 and 17 points, respectively, as State U showed they remain a well-oiled machine even with questions surrounding head coach Jerry Yee. “I think nag-enjoy na lang talaga sila sa game nila,” assistant coach Kat de Lara said post-game.
That didn’t seem like it in the first set, however, as UP allowed the much-improved Lady Falcons to impose their will on the game.
The Lady Maroons finally turned it on in the second and third sets as Carlos and Maristella Layug connived to get them going.
Adamson wasn’t giving up that easy, though, and blitzed its way into a 12-6 lead to start the fourth.
The Lady Falcons still led by two, 16-18, until Carlos and Molde combined for four points in State U’s 9-4 rally to close the contest.
In its fourth try, UP is a winner at long last and only looks to build on this. “Maganda pa rin naman yung ginagalaw namin ngayon. Sana magtuloy-tuloy lang,” de Lara said.
Whether or not head coach Yee will still be around for that, however, the team offered no comment.
Adamson was unable to replicate its winning performance from its upset of the Power Smashers last Wednesday to fall to 1-4.
Eli Soyud paced them with 20 points.
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