ADAMSON University continued with its winning ways after taking down Far Eastern University, 25-15, 24-26, 25-18, 25-18, to start the second round of the Shakey’s Super League Collegiate Pre-season Championship on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The Lady Falcons pulled away midway in the fourth set to deny FEU any room for a comeback and improve their Pool F carryover record to 1-1 to better their chances of landing a favorable seed in the knockout quarterfinals.
“Our goal is to lessen our unforced errors and learn from our mistakes. Correct what we need to correct and improve,” said Adamson assistant coach Rald Ricafort.
“What we’re after is not the results but about improving our game. Whatever seed we will land on we’re confident about the competitiveness of our team,” he added.
Trisha Tubu and veteran Lucille Almonte led the way for Adamson, which won their fourth straight in the all-to-play tournament.
Tubu pounded 12 of her 13 points on kills while Almonte got 11 markers from nine attacks and two aces. Kate Santiago and Antonette Adolfo added eight and seven points, respectively.
The Lady Falcons broke a 9-9 deadlock in the fourth frame with a 7-3 run and opened a commanding 23-16 lead off a hit by Adolfo.
The Lady Tamaraws answered with back-to-back points but Ayesha Juegos stopped FEU’s run with an off the block hit.
Tubu iced the game with a crisp crosscourt hit.
The Lady Falcons took the set point advantage, 24-23, in the tightly-contested second set after Juliane Monares’ attack error but Toring committed a service error in the next play for the deuce.
Monares pushed the Lady Tamaraws at set point advantage before Santiago put too much power to her attack that went long as FEU tied the match at 1-1.
Chenie Tagaod led the Lady Tamaraws, who dropped to 0-2 carryover card, with 14 points with 12 coming off spikes. Barbie Jamili and Jean Asis got 10 markers each.
Up next for Adamson is De La Salle University while FEU will take on University of Santo Tomas on November 5.
In the second game, De La Salle University came back from a set down to beat University of Santo Tomas, 22-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-21.
Rookie Angel Canino was red-hot on offense as she led the Lady Spikers to a 2-0 carryover record in Pool F.
The former UAAP high school Most Valuable Player fired a game-high 25 points she collected from 19 kills including the hit that put DLSU at match point, four aces and two kill blocks.
“She’s very consistent. What she does in practice she’s showing it in the game,” said La Salle coach Noel Orcullo, whose squad remained undefeated in four games.
Canino played clutch in the closing stretch of the second set, hitting a kill that put the Lady Spikers at set point, 24-23. After the Tigresses forced a deuce, Canino again gave La Salle the set point advantage.
UST tied it again but after Cassandra Carballo overshoots her serve Canino smashed a backrow hit to tie the match.
From there the Lady Spikers turned the tables around to hand the Tigresses their first defeat in the tournament after winning four straight.
Veteran Jolina Dela Cruz added 11 markers while Thea Gagate had nine for La Salle.
UST played sans veteran Eya Laure as the Tigresses dropped to 1-1 carryover card.
Regina Jurado had 12 points while Xyza Gula finished with 11 markers.
Quarterfinals games are scheduled on Nov. 6.
The Final Four is slated on November 11 while the winner-take-all championship match is set on Nov. 19.
10 a.m. — Perpetual vs NU
12:30 p.m. –UST vs FEU
4 p.m.– Adamson vs La Salle
6:30 p.m. — UP vs Ateneo