Adamson continued to soar behind its power game, crushing Technolo-gical Institute of the Philippines, 25-12, 25-14, 25-13, to zero in on the first semifinal berth in Group B of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Confe-rence at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan yester-day.
The Lady Falcons unloaded 44 spikes, twice more than the Lady Engi-neers’ 19, and feasted on their rivals’ poor reception to score 12 aces and com-plete the 55-minute demo-lition for their third straight victory.
That put the San Marcelino-based school a win away from formalizing its stint in the Final Four of the season-ending confe-rence of the league orga-nized by Sports Vision although from the looks of things, the Lady Falcons could sweep their last two matches against the win-less St. Benilde Lady Bla-zers on Sept. 25 and versus the San Beda Red Spikers (2-1) at the end of the single round elims on October 2.
Jema Galanza fired 18 points, including six aces, while Joy Dacoron backed her up with 12 hits, inclu-ding three blocks, as the Lady Falcons, who nipped the UP Lady Maroons in five and trounced the Arellano U Lady Chiefs, firmed up their hold of the solo lead in their side of the two-division tournament backed by Mikasa and Asics.
Fen Emnas anchored Adamson’s romp with 23 excellent sets with May Permentilla and Lea-Ann Perez combined for 14 points and Bernadette Flora, Joy Soyud and Emnas dished out four hits apiece.
Gayle Layug scored eight points and Jean Jinon had seven markers for the hapless Lady Engineers, who dropped to 0-3.
Earlier, Ateneo booked the first semifinal berth in the men’s side as it trampled University of the Philippines, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18.
Gian Glorioso fired 13 hits while Marck Espejo came away with 12 points as the Eagles clobbered the Maroons, 38-23, in spikes and produced 14 blocks against their rivals’ four to notch their fifth straight victory for a spot in the Final Four.
Standings W L
*NU 2 0
*FEU 2 0
*ADMU 1 1
SSC 1 2
JRU 0 2
*LPU 1 1
AdU 3 0
Arellano 2 1
SBC 2 1
UP 1 1
CSB 0 2
TIP 0 3
*Playing at presstime
8 a.m. – UST vs NU (men’s)
10 a.m. – St. Benilde vs FEU (men’s)
4 p.m. – St. Benilde vs UP (women’s)
6:30 p.m. – TIP vs Arellano (women’s)