UP, Adamson clash to end slump

By Dugout Philippines

SAN JUAN, MM--University of the Philippines and Adamson try to check their two-game slide skid in a key UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball contest today at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

The winner of the Lady Maroons-Lady Falcons match scheduled at 4 p.m. will give them a piece of fourth place.

Defending two-time champion Ateneo is lording it over at 4-0, while National University and De La Salle are holding identical 3-1 slates in joint second.

Far Eastern University is in solo fourth with an even 2-2 card.

Winless squads University of Santo Tomas and University of the East seek to avoid getting deeper in the cellar in the curtain raiser at 2 p.m.

After winning their respective season openers, UP and Adamson University lost two straight to crash in the bottom four.

One of the pre-season favorites with a mix of veterans and promising rookies, the Lady Maroons bowed to the Lady Spikers, 14-25, 13-25, 25-19, 20-25, and dropped a 19-25, 21-25, 21-25 decision to the Lady Eagles.

The Lady Falcons lost to the Lady Bulldogs, 25-17, 20-25, 20-25, 20-25, and were overwhelmed by the Lady Spikers, 13-25, 13-25, 16-25.

Rookies Diana Carlos, Isa Molde and Justine Dorog hope to produce the needed numbers for UP, alongside with veterans Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon, who can count on in orchestrating plays just in case setter Jewel Lai continues to grope in form.

Lai was a non-factor in the past two games, forcing the Lady Maroons to sacrifice Tiamzon’s offense and make her as a playmaker to get them going.

After a solid start, Adamson’s main hitters Mylene Paat and Jema Galanza floundered, as the two could only combine for only nine points against De La Salle.

With Paat and Galanza out of sync, rookie May Roque was the only consistent Lady Falcon in the last two outings, while Joy Dacoron is also showing promise to deliver the goods.

In the men’s division, NU takes on UST at 10 a.m., right after the De La Salle-UP tussle at 8 a.m.

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