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Experience trumps youth as Philippine Airforce drubs rookie-laden Adamson Team 1 to win Akari Cup 2019; Adamson Team 2 settles for bronze

After defeating the College of Saint Benilde (CSB) Lady Blazers in straight sets fashion in their semifinal tiff, the Philippine Airforce (PAF) Lady Jet Spikers kept their momentum as they faced Adamson-1 (AdU-1) in the finals, en route to the Akari Cup trophy.

AdU-1, armed with their own win streak, was carefully studied and outclassed by their opponent. With Wendy Anne Semana driving the team, PAF made it difficult for the Lady Falcons to read their offense. Complemented by the steady presence of powerful hitter May Ann Pantino and middle blocker Dell Palomata, the team handily beat AdU-1 in straight sets.

Incoming sophomore Trisha Genesis was already the most senior member of AdU-1’s first 6, bannered by setter Louie Romero, along with fellow rookies Antonette Adolfo, Lucille Almonte, Rizza Cruz, Cae Lazo and Lorene Toring. Apart from the 1st runner-up finish, the young team gained exposure and in-game experience against a seasoned team.

Meanwhile, after falling short in their respective semis bout, AdU-2 and CSB set their eyes on the third spot, with the Lady Falcons emerging victorious after four sets.

Ceasa Pinar, MJ Igao, Hanna Infante and Kring Uy delivered in offense, while Balang and Verdeflor manned the floor. In addition, Krich Macaslang and Shynna Martinez were effective in guarding the net that gave the Lady Blazers a difficult time.

Fourteen squads ranging from high school to collegiate to semi-pro teams vied for the Akari Cup 2019 Championship during the tournament’s one-month run.

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