The Adamson University Lady Falcons outlasted the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws in five grueling sets at The Arena in San Juan to complete the semifinal cast of the 76th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
Bhebs Pineda led the Lady Falcons with 25 points as they subdued the fighting Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 25-17, 23-25, 23-25, 25-13, 15-11, to grab the last spot in the stepladder semifinals.
Adamson’s Mayeth Zapanta tallied 14 points, Amanda Villanueva had 12 and Faye Guevarra chipped in with 11.
“Syempre maganda ang outcome kahit five sets ang mahalaga panalo at pasok na sa Final Four,” said Adamson coach Sherwin Meneses.
The Lady Tams had an early 4-1 lead in the deciding fifth set but the Lady Falcons went on a 5-2 mini run to tie the match at 6-all.
Zapanta, Pineda and Villanueva led the Adamson to a 14-10 advantage.
With the score at 14-11 in the fifth set the umpire called Gyselle Sy for a violation as the Adamson players and fans celebrated. But the lead officials overturned the ruling and ordered a replay of the point.
Villanueva made the win official by scoring on a spike that went through the blockers.
FEU rookie Bernadette Pons had 17 points, while Marie Simborio and Mary Palma added 10 markers apiece.
The Lady Falcons thus secured the No. 4 spot and will face third seed Ateneo de Manila in another knockout match in the stepladder semifinals on Saturday, February 22.
The winner of that match will meet second seed National University, which holds a twice-to-beat advantage.
Three-time defending champion La Salle earned a thrice-to-beat edge in the finals after completing a sweep of the elimination round. La Salle just needs to win twice against the team which advances out of the step-ladder semifinals in the championship playoff. Its opponent needs to win three times to become champion.