by Kristel Satumbaga
(The Arena, San Juan City)
10 a.m. – Air Force vs IEM
1 p.m. – Megabuilders vs Cignal
4 p.m. – Creamline vs Power Smashers
6:30 p.m. – Perlas-BanKo vs UP
University of the Philippines picked itself up from a slow start before it downed Adamson, 23-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-22, late Sunday night in the women’s division of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
Diana Carlos displayed her killer attacks by firing 16 hits to finish with 20 points for the Lady Maroons, who finally ended their misfortunes after a three-game slump.
Isa Molde also sparkled for the Katipunan-based collegiate spikers with 17 points on 13 attacks and two service aces, while Caryl Sandoval came off the bench and finished with 13 points.
UP hung tough in the fourth set where it rallied from a 17-15 deficit as Carlos steered the Lady Maroons with variety of attacks at the net to shatter the Lady Falcons’ floor defense.
A back-to-back spike from Molde gave UP the needed win.
“I think nag-enjoy lang talaga sila sa game nila,” said UP assistant coach Kat de Lara. “Kahit nung fourth set na lamang ang Adamson, tyinaga lang nila para makuha yung rhythm nila and eventually, yung panalo.”
Adamson fell to 1-3 to tie UP, but still remained in the cellar.
Christine Soyud and Jema Galanza joined forces for Adamson with 20 and 18 points, respectively, but the Lady Falcons failed to sustain their momentum.
Meanwhile, Creamline’s Alyssa Valdez earned the inaugural Philips Gold-PVL Press Corps Player of the Week honors for her impressive performance in her team’s last two matches last week.
Valdez, a four-time Most Valuable Player in the league, erupted with 23 points in the team’s 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-12 victory over Hair Fairy Air Force and returned with a 30-point output in their 25-15, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19 triumph over defending champion Pocari Sweat.
The two important wins kept Creamline at the helm with a clean 4-0 slate.
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