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Back-to-back losses send Baby Falcons to Final Four date with NU

From getting a stab at a twice-to-beat advantage to suffering back-to-back defeats, Adamson High School has fallen to fourth at the end of the elimination round of the UAAP Season 81 girls volleyball tournament Sunday at the FEU Diliman gym. 

The Baby Falcons ended the preliminaries with a 7-5 record, finishing behind reigning queens Nazareth School of NU (10-2), De La Salle Zobel (10-2) and UST (8-4).

Heading into the weekend, the wards of coach Onyok Getigan had a chance to earn a top-two spot before they faced the Junior Archers and the Junior Tigresses.

But Adamson failed to win any of the two matches, falling in five grueling sets to Zobel and then getting swept by UST.

Thus, the Baby Falcons will take on the Junior Lady Bullpups in the Final Four on Wednesday with a twice-to-win disadvantage.

Four players finished in double figures against DLSZ, with Kate Santiago and team captain Ishie Lalongisip leading the way with 17 and 13 points, respectively.

Mayang Nuique and Ayesha Juegos added 11 and 10 points, but Adamson was unable to stop the Junior Archers’ two-headed monster in Alleiah Malaluan and Angel Canino, who combined for 51 markers.

Against the Junior Tigresses, it was Santiago and Juegos who top scored with eight points apiece.

But the Baby Falcons were undone by the rock-solid play from Renee Lou Penafiel and Imee Hernandez, who delivered 17 and 16 markers, respectively.

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