Fighting Maroons survive five-setter vs Lady Altas; Lady Falcons bounce back

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — University of the Philippines bucked a cold start to repel upset-conscious University of Perpetual Help, 10-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-15, 15-10, yesterday in the Shakey’s Super League Collegiate Pre-season Championship at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

In the second game, Adamson University bounced back mightily from an opening-day loss as the Lady Falcons vented their ire on hapless San Sebastian College, 25-10, 25-14, 25-18, in Pool B.

Adamson capitalized on its height advantage and power to easily demolish the Lady Stags and rebound from a five-set loss at the hands of unbeaten University of Sto. Tomas last week.

SSC-R dropped its second straight match in as many games following another straight sets loss to the Tigresses on Saturday.

Alyssa Bertolano and Lainne Arce played the heroes’ role for the Fighting Maroons in the fifth set to snap the Lady Altas’ two-game winning run and start their campaign in Pool A on a high note.

Trailing 1-2 in the match, Bertolano and Arce fueled UP’s revolt in the fourth set to create a comfortable cushion and build momentum heading into the deciding frame.

“I told them to forget everything that happened in the first four sets, execute our game plan, and not commit the mistakes we did in the previous sets. Good thing they responded positively,” said newly appointed Fighting Maroons coach Shaq delos Santos.

Back-to-back aces from Bertolano gave UP a 4-1 lead to start the fifth set before the Lady Altas rallied to tie it at 7. The Fighting Maroons answered with a 6-2 counter sparked by a Bertolano hit.

Rookie Shaila Omipon stopped the bleeding for Perpetual but Arce delivered the finishing blows by hammering down a quick attack followed by a game-winning ace.

Arce had 14 point while Bertolano scored 10 for UP. Marianne Sotomil got 18 markers for the Fighting Maroons and Kamille Cal had 12.

Perpetual, which slid to a 2-1 win-loss record, got 15 points from Omipon and 14 markers from Winnie Bedana.

On Saturday, crowd darlings La Salle and Ateneo hurdled their respective foes in contrasting fashion.

The Lady Spikers outlasted Far Eastern U in a fierce five-set encounter, 25-13, 19-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-8, in Pool D while the Blue Eagles had some trouble in the second set before carving out a 25-14, 30-28, 25-17 victory over Arellano University in Pool C.


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