Experience may not be on the side of this young Adamson squad, but that didn’t stop the ladies from soaring higher and higher in their time together as a team.
Game One of the PVL Collegiate Conference finals was a classic, as both teams went toe-to-toe throughout the game that went the distance. In the end, the Lady Falcons answered back UST’s fourth-set stand with a run of their own to outduel the Golden Tigresses to draw first blood in their best-of-three finals showdown, 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 21-25, 15-11.
The Golden Tigresses pounced early in the first set. UST alternated powerful spikes with off-speed attacks to throw off Adamson’s rhythm early in the game. The Kungfu Reyes-coached squad built a six-point lead, 10-16, which was insurmountable even for the gritty Lady Falcons squad.
Adamson took over the game after dropping the first frame. They banked on their main attackers Trisha Genesis and Lucille May Almonte to dominate the second and third sets. The ladies in blue and white built their lead to a high of 11 points to take a 2-1 set lead.
Eya Laure rallied her team back on the game to turn the tides in the fourth set. The Golden Tigresses asserted themselves on offense, leading the Lady Falcons in attacks on that set alone, 18-10.
Adamson gradually seized control of the final set as they built a three-point lead late in the game, 12-9. Almonte then scored the last three points of the Lady Falcons with attacks to clinch the win and the series lead.
Louie Romero was heralded as the best player of the game. She set the tone for Adamson with 33 excellent sets, which helped the team take 58 attack points in the five-set match. Genesis led all scorers in the game with 21 points built on 19 attacks with 16 excellent digs. Almonte added 15 markers, including 14 attack points. Ceasa Pinar and Loreine Toring chipped in 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Eya Laure had 19 points across her name in a losing effort for UST. Enna Laure and Imee Hernandez added 15 points apiece in the close loss against Adamson.
The Lady Falcons will try to claim the title on Saturday as the two teams resume the heavily contested bout at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.