Like their first meeting, Game 2 of the semifinals showdown between the Lady Falcons and Lady Blazers once again went the distance. This time, the ladies in blue and white prevailed.
After being down by two midway through the deciding fifth set, the Lady Falcons banked on a 9-3 run to win the do-or-die game, 25-12, 21-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-11, and force a rubber match against the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers for a slot in the finals of the PVL Collegiate Conference.
It was a back-and-forth affair as neither of the teams stringed together winning sets for the match. After a slow start, the Lady Falcons dominated the game early on with a 13-point lead to end the first set. The momentum seemed to have carried over the second set, but the Lady Blazers gathered themselves to even out the match. From then on, Adamson and CSB countered each other with runs after runs in this tightly contested game.
Despite conceding 23 more attacks to the Lady Falcons, the Lady Blazers managed to limit their errors to only 24 throughout the five-setter game. CSB took advantage of the 39 miscues committed by Adamson to take the second and fourth sets of the game. It took the heroics of Trisha Genesis and Louie Romero to clinch the third and fifth sets, and ultimately the game for the Falcons.
Romero, who scored six points in the game, dished out two service aces late in the third set to put her team up, 2-1. The Adamson rookie showed an all-around performance, adding 18 excellent sets and 19 excellent digs to her production. On the other hand, Genesis scored the game-winning point when her shot checked the net before it went over CSB’s side. She led all scorers in the game with 24 points, including 21 attacks and three aces.
Lucille Almonte and Rizza Cruz contributed 12 points each, while Lorene Toring scored 11, including two blocks. Last game’s top scorer Ceasa Pinar added nine points in the crucial win.
The Lady Blazers put up a gallant stand as they played without key player Mycah Go, who was unavailable due to an injury. Abriam led the charge for CSB with 21 out of the 46 total attacks by her team, totaling 23 points. Gayle Pascual and Diane Ventura chipped in 14 and seven points apiece.
The series will meet its end on Sunday as the two teams clash once more at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan, with the winner moving to the Finals of the PVL Collegiate Conference 2019.