The pain from the loss handed to Adamson by UST Tuesday at Paco Arena was short-lived as the San Marcelino squad officially marches into the Finals of the UAAP Season 85 Girls’ Volleyball Finals.

With Nazareth School of National University handing FEU its fourth loss in the competition, the Baby Falcons, currently with a 7-2 win-loss card, are now secured of the second spot in a season where the Final Four format will be scrapped and the top two teams will go straight to the finale.

Looking back at all the hard work he and his squad went through and will be going through in the next few days, Adamson head coach JP Yude can’t help but feel elated for what’s to come.

“I’m very happy because all of the efforts and the hardships nagbunga ngayong season,” he told Akari Sports.

“Especially sa mga bata, merong graduating. Mabibigyan sila ng exit na deserve nila,” he added.

The loss to the Junior Tigresses, however, shall serve as a wake-up call for the Sar Marcelino crew that there is a lot of work to be done if they plan to at least make a dent on NSNU’s campaign.

Without their usually-decent passing, the Baby Falcons crumbled under pressure when UST star player Angeline Poyos started firing heavy serves and killer attacks from all cylinders.

“Nagkulang kami sa passing and ang daming errors. And the attitude to win, ‘yun ang kulang,” the coach shared.

“We need to change our attitude towards that situation and kailangan balik ulit sa ensayo and focus sa next na kalaban,” Yude added.

Before the finals showdown, Adamson and NSNU will face each other first on Thursday to end the second round of eliminations.

Though on paper, this match is non-bearing to both teams as they already booked their respective tickets to the Finals, Yude says it will be an important match on their end as they hope to boost the team’s confidence anew following Tuesday’s loss.

“Importante pa din ‘yung game kasi if we win on Thursday, makakakuha kami ng kumpyansa papasok sa Finals,” he said.

A win for Adamson on Thursday will also mean a best-of-three Finals clash while a loss will mean NSNU will only need one win in the finale to take the crown.

Adamson’s last eliminations match versus NSNU happens on Thursday, 9:30AM, at the same venue.