UP is headed to the PVL Finals!
The UP Lady Fighting Maroons remained fearless as they faced the top-seeded Adamson Lady Falcons in a do-or-die match for a spot at the Premiere Volleyball League Finals. The Diliman squad booked the finals seat with a four set win.
“Sobrang saya namin! Lalo na since nasunod namin yun mga pinagagawa ni coach. Big factor din yun teamwork,” shares Molde, who had 27 big points and 23 attacks in the game.
Recognizing the importance of today’s game, UP started strong with a lineup packed with veterans. Marian Buitre and Isa Molde’s impressive starts gave the squad a 6-point lead early in the first. Adamson, however, mounted an 8-2 comeback to tie the match at 14-all.
Not letting the first set go, UP put up a run of its own to get ahead by 6 again, 16-22. The ladies’ blocks and the opponents’ errors helped the Maroons win the set, 19-25.
The Lady Fighting Maroons continued to torch the Falcons in the second set with a 1-8 start. Ayel Estrañero’s excellent serves helped the team mount the huge lead.
The Ermita-based team fought back to stay within striking distance, 16-18, as UP struggled with reception.
The tight match continued throughout the set with several late-game deadlocks. But Molde’s consistent play and Rosie Rosier’s attacks kept the Falcons at bay to secure another set, 27-29.
Adamson found its rhythm in the start of the third set. With UP up two sets to none, the Eli Soyud-led squad went up 7-1. But Buitre and Molde took care of business to keep the Maroons in contention, 18-17. In the end, the Lady Falcons’ impressive coverage and reception, and UP’s errors proved to be costly as ADU bagged the third.
The UPWVT continued to struggle with receptions in the fourth, 5-1. But the adjustments given by the coaching staff pushed UP to a 6-0 run to take the lead, 6-9.
The rest of the match was tighter than the Maroons had hoped, with both squads going back-and-forth with the lead. However, UP’s grit and overall great performance overcame the Falcons to secure the fourth, 20-25, and bag a seat to the PVL Finals.
UP had an overall great performance. Molde had enough support from the rest of the squad though as Buitre also had a powerful showing with 19 markers. Rosier continues to perform for UP with 9.
Rookies Mirgie Bautista and Rem Altomea provided the needed support as liberos, while Marist Layug and Ayi Gannaban dominated the blocks. Estrañero led with a game-high 35 excellent sets.
“Going into the Finals, kelangan lang namin i-enjoy yun game and to always communicate on court,” Molde added.
UP will be facing either the FEU Lady Tamaraws and the UST Lady Tigresses in the PVL Finals.
Stay tuned for more details on game schedules.
UP: 25, 29, 20, 25
ADU: 19, 27, 25, 20