UAAP 81: UP skips past AdU, secures fourth spot

The UP Lady Fighting Maroons wrapped up round one of UAAP 81 with a four-set victory against the Adamson Lady Falcons at the Filoil Flying V Arena today.

Looking to bounce back after two straight losses, the Lady Maroons aimed to replicate its semi-finals dominance against the Falcons in the PVL. The first set was far from a dominating performance though, as Adamson took set one. 

UP had an early lead to start the match. Down by as much as 6 points, 12-6, the Falcons surged to keep it close and eventually tying at the tail-end of the canto, 23-23. 

Power plays by Marian Buitre gave her team hope after ADU took set point. However, UP couldn’t take advantage of the opponent’s 7 set errors as the Eli Soyud-led team drew first blood, 25-27. 

UP bounces back

The squad from Diliman didn’t look fazed as they started the second with a 12-2 run for the upper-hand, 12-5. They continued to take control through mid-set with a comfortable 20-9 lead following an 8-1 run. 

Edging out ADU in blocks, 2-0; service aces, 3-0; and attacks, 12-8, UP finally showed what they’re capable of, bagging the second in dominating fashion, 25-14. Isa Molde and Tots Carlos totaled 14 points in the first two sets. 

Marist Layug took over the next canto with her blocks and massive attacks. With the help of Molde and Carlos, the three seniors took advantage of Adamson’s 14 errors to put up a huge margin, 18-9. On cruise control, the Maroons bagged the set easily, 25-12, and lead the match, 2-1.

The teamwork continued in the fourth as Jessma Ramos took on the spotlight and showed flashes of her prowess. The Lady Falcons tried to catch up, going for a 4-0 run down the stretch. However, UP’s momentum and inspired play was too much to overcome. The UPWVT finally bagged the match in four sets, 25-21. 

UP’s improved defense kept Adamson’s leading scorers from their usual outputs. Chiara Permentilla, who scored 5 points in the first, was limited 3 points the rest of the match. Soyud only had 10.

“We were more composed. We were talking inside the court, and we just enjoyed the game,” Ayel Estrañero said after the game.

Ten UP players fielded in the game had scoring outputs. Carlos and Molde had 14 big markers each to lead the team. Layug added 11, while Justine Dorog had 9. Ramos, Buitre and Estrañero added for 14 points. Ayel also led with 28 excellent sets.

The UPWVT ends the first round tied for the fourth spot with the FEU Lady Tamaraws, 4-3. 

The UAAP 81 women’s volleyball second round schedule will be announced soon. Follow us on our social media pages for updated details. 

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