Adamson’s first loss of the tournament came at such an unlucky time.
The Lady Falcons’ comeback fell just a tad short as the College of St. Benilde ran away with a narrow victory in the deciding set, 15-13, to draw first blood in their semifinals matchup.
After being down 8-5 midway through the fifth set, the Lady Falcons showed their resilience as they fought back to tie the game, 13-13. The Blazers then answered back with two straight points courtesy of Klarissa Abriam’s off-speed attack and Rizza Cruz’s error on the other end to clinch the opening game of the best-of-three semifinals match.
The Lady Falcons, a team which enjoyed an unscathed record in the elimination round, were tested early in the game. The Lady Blazers shocked the previously unbeaten Adamson University early in the game after stealing two close sets, 29-27, 26-24, to open with a 2-0 set lead.
It took a gallant stand from the Lady Falcons to even the game. Adamson fought back by winning the third and fourth sets, 25-21, 25-17, forcing a do-or-die fifth set.
Abriam led the charge for CSB with 27 points in the game, 25 coming off spikes. She also had 16 excellent digs in the upset win. Gayle Pascual chipped in with 23 points while Mycah Go added 12 points and 44 excellent receptions.
Adamson’s Ceasa Pinar led all scorers in the game with 28 points. It was an all-around performance for Pinar as she led the Lady Falcons on all scoring stats while providing 15 excellent digs forand her team. Four more players for Adamson scored in double digits as Trisha Genesis, Loreine Toring, Rizza Cruz and Lucille Almonte combined for 56 points.
Louie Romero provided the much needed support for Adamson with 19 excellent digs and 40 excellent sets, which led to the 70-point attack conversion of the Lady Falcons throughout the game.
The loss came as a surprise for Adamson, which posted higher total points than the Lady Blazers, 114-108. The Lady Falcons converted ten more on attacks than the CSB while also winning in blocks, 11-9.
However, errors were proven to be costly for the San Marcelino-based squad as they committed 31 in the game, four more than CSB’s 27.
The Lady Falcons will try to even the series and keep their PVL campaign alive on Wednesday.