Photo by Summer Padilla

Text by Luisa Morales

The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons fell short against the Adamson University (AdU) Lady Falcons, dropping their Philippine Volleyball League (PVL) Collegiate Conference opener in five sets, 25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 19-25, 9-15 at the FilOil Flying V Arena, Monday.

State U started the match strong and pulled away early in the first set. The Diliman-based squad took advantage of their opponents’ unforced errors and didn’t look back, cruising through the first, 25-17.

The second set, however, was a different story. It was AdU’s turn to stack the lead against UP, leading as much as 16-10 by the second technical timeout. A late rally by the Lady Maroons got them back in the set but the margin was too large to overcome. The Lady Falcons eventually took the second set, 25-21.

By the third set, the teams were neck and neck into the first technical timeout, 8-7 in favor of UP. State U eventually pulled away in the middle of the set courtesy of the heroics of Marian Buitre and finished with authority, winning the third 25-19.

With the 2-1 lead, UP looked poised to close out the match in the fourth set. However, the Lady Falcons weren’t going anywhere. The Lady Maroons trailed early and the deficit ballooned to 7, UP down 9-16 at the second technical timeout. Despite efforts from the UP squad to come back, AdU won the fourth, 25-19 and forced a fifth set.

Both teams went back and forth during the deciding set. UP held a slim one-point lead going into the first technical timeout, eventually finding themselves deadlocked with Adamson at 9-all. But the Lady Falcons fired a 6-0 run to finally take the match, 15-9.

“Di naman din [kami] nagkulang sa skills, more on mental talaga,” UP skipper Tots Carlos said about the game. It is of note that the Diliman team played without the presence of head coach Jerry Yee.

Carlos led the Lady Maroons in scoring with 19 markers, Buitre and Isa Molde also scored in double figures, 16 and 14 points, respectively.

“Alam natin yung pagkukulang natin, so pagtuunan natin ng pansin,” Carlos said.

Meanwhile, their male counterparts grabbed their first win in the Collegiate Conference. The Fighting Maroons held off a gritty De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (CSB) Blazers in a five set thriller, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 21-25, 16-14.

The Lady Maroons look to bounce back and get on the win column against the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) Lady Engineers next Monday, Sept 11.



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