July 19, 2018, 4:04 am
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Adamson keeps NU struggling

ATENEO seized solo second while Adamson University kept National University winless in the second round yesterday in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Peaking at the right time, the Lady Eagles stayed on course for a ninth consecutive Final Four appearance with a 25-14, 18-25, 25-13, 25-18 win over University of the East.

The Lady Falcons moved just one game behind the No. 4 spot with a 25-19, 25-15, 18-25, 25-13 conquest of the skidding Lady Bulldogs.    

With a 7-3 card and closing in on defending champion De La Salle (8-2), Ateneo leapt past NU and Far Eastern University (6-4) in the race for the second semifinals incentive.

Jude Garcia and RJ Paler each had 13 points while JP Bugaoan added 11 points as FEU moved into a tie with reigning men’s champion Ateneo in second place at 8-2 after a 25-22, 25-20, 25-21 sweep of UP.

Arjay Onia and Raymark Woo combined for 32 points as De La Salle moved into a tie with Adamson University and UST for the coveted fourth spot at 4-6 after a 25-23, 25-17, 25-15 conquest of UE.

Kat Tolentino finished with 22 points, including five blocks, while Deanna Wong, already on her own being the Lady Eagles’ main setter, tossed 50 excellent sets.

Wong distributed the ball well, enabling Jho Maraguinot (16 points), Maddie Madayag (13) and Jules Samonte (11) to get into the act.

“She has really improved a lot. She’s more aggressive and more confident,” Madayag said of Wong. 

The Lady Falcons won their second straight and fifth overall in 10 matches and are now hanging on the coattails of the Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Tamaraws.

“This win is almost good for our confidence, but we are still No. 5,” said Adamson’s American coach Air Padda. “So, we are hungry in getting there (Final Four).”
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