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ADMU, AdU open 2nd round on high note

ATENEO de Manila University (ADMU) and Adamson University (AdU) defeated separate foes to kick off their respective campaigns in the second round of the UAAP Season 85 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday, March 25, at the PhilSports Arena. 

The Blue Eagles defeated the UE Red Warriors, 25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, while the Lady Falcons turned back the UST Golden Tigresses, 11-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-22.
Adamson’s Trisha Tubu. UAAP PHOTOAdamson’s Trisha Tubu. UAAP PHOTO 

Faith Nisperos fired 18 points on 13 attacks and five blocks to lead the sixth-running Blue Eagles, who swept their season series against the Lady Red Warriors, 2-0, to rise to 3-5.

The cellar-dwelling University of the East (UE), meanwhile, stayed winless to fall to 0-8.

“We’re happy to take the win as it’s important to build our confidence. There are still moments where we have our inner doubts about what we want to do, what we need to do but what’s important is we win,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro.

The Lady Red Warriors turned back the Blue Eagles in the third set to prevent a sweep and engaged the latter in a back-and-forth action in the fourth frame, where they even took an 11-10 cushion.

Ateneo pulled away from there, though, as it unwrapped a 6-0 run capped by a Nisperos kill to take a 16-11 lead and did just enough to keep UE at bay.

Joan Narit, Lyann de Guzman and AC Miner put up nine points each to help the Blue Eagles’ cause, as KC Cepada and Ja Lana poured 18 markers apiece to pace the Lady Red Warriors.

Meanwhile, Trisha Tubu uncorked 21 points on 15 attacks and six blocks to power the Lady Falcons to a bounce back win that enabled them to sweep their season series against the Golden Tigresses.

With the win, Adamson rose to a 6-2 slate, good for solo second at press time.

Adamson capitalized on University of Santo Tomas’ (UST) 32 errors, the last of which was a Regina Jurado attack error that put the Lady Falcons at match point, 24-22.

Tubu then delivered the killer blow as Adamson, which recovered from its slow start, returned to its winning ways after its loss to La Salle last Saturday.

Eya Laure notched 17 points, 12 excellent receptions and 11 digs to pace the third seed Golden Tigresses, who saw their three-game winning run come to an end as they fell to a 5-3 slate.

Credit belongs to : www.manilatimes.net

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