This is not the time to be complacent.

Adamson head coach JP Yude’s reminders for his Baby Falcons in training needed reiterating Thursday at the Paco Arena when they faced a fired up FEU side in the second round of the UAAP Season 85 Girls’ Volleyball Tournament.

After a strong start that saw the San Marcelino squad lead 4-0 in the opening frame, Adamson’s defense both on the floor and at the net were challenged by the Baby Tamaraws for the remainder of the match.

“Ang dami naming pinagdadaanan sa training kasi bumababa ang galaw nila,” Yude admitted. “But I always remind them na pag nag-attitude kayo at hindi natin tyatyagain ang pressure games, walang mangyayare.”

And as predicted, it was a pressure-packed matchup FEU delivered, led by towering middle blocker Clarisse Loresco who was unstoppable with her quick hits.

Fortunately for Yude, his veteran libero Juris Manuel showcased extra grit and hustle and reignited the team’s fire just when FEU was threatening to dislodge them from the second spot.

“Nakita ko sa kanya today ‘yung tapang niya at leadership niya. Ibang Juris ang pinakita niya today,” the coach told Akari Sports.

In the third set, the Baby Falcons found themselves staring at a 21-24 deficit after getting plagued with multiple errors.

However, Red Bascon saved one set point with a cross court kill that allowed team captain Shaina Nitura to move to the frontline and take over for the blue and white.

Nitura and setter Felicity Sagaysay scored back-to-back points with an attack and a one-two play, respectively, to tie the game at 24, shifting the pressure back to FEU.

The captain then stepped on the gas and sent two sharp kills to the opponent’s side to steal the set and take home the match.

With the 30-28, 25-21, 26-24 victory, Adamson moves up to a 6-1 win-loss record to hold on to the second spot in the tournament where the top two squads will move forward directly to the Finals.

“Ganun talaga ‘yung diskarte namin dun kasi maliit ‘yung setter nila (FEU),” Yude said, talking about Sagaysay going exclusively to Nitura.

On the setter off the bench bravely attempting an attack of her own at such a crucial time, the coach shares: “Nagulat din ako sa ginawa niya. Pero as always, I trust my players.”

“Mataas ‘yung volleyball IQ ng bata sa diskarte.”

Adamson will go back to court on Saturday, 8AM at the same venue to face UP who is still looking for its first win.