Adamson University made quick work of Ateneo de Manila University, 25-18, 25-23, 25-19, for its third straight win in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 85 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
Rookie Trisha Tubu led the way in the Lady Falcons’ fourth win in five games for a share of the second spot with defending champion National University.
The open spiker registered a personal-best 23 points highlighted by 22 attacks while Kate Santiago blasted 11 markers – all from kills including the game-winning through the block smash – as Adamson sent Ateneo reeling to its third straight defeat for a 1-4 card.
“Happy. Of course, anytime you win, or anytime you’re on top, you’re happy. Our players were able to execute our gameplan so I’m really happy,” Lady Falcons coach Jerry Yee said.
Adamson needed some late spark in the second frame after taking control of the opening frame.
Down by two midway in the second set, the Lady Falcons made a run to take a 23-21 advantage off a Lorene Toring running hit. Toring then made up for an earlier net touch error with another runner for a 24-22 lead.
Vanie Gandler scored on a crosscourt before Santiago’s down the line kill.
A 7-3 run by Adamson from an 18-16 lead in the third set closed the 82-minute match.
Faith Nisperos was the lone Ateneo player in double figures with 17 points with all but one coming off kills.
Gandler and Lyann De Guzman had nine and eight markers, respectively, for the Blue Eagles.
In men’s play, Ateneo ended a two-game slide with a 25-15, 25-23, 25-13, sweep of Adamson to improve to a 2-3 card.
Jian Salarzon and Ken Batas had 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Canciano Llenos got 10 markers for the Blue Eagles.
The Falcons, who got nine points from Evander Novillo, remained winless after five games.
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