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UAAP girls volleyball: Adamson takes Game 2 of finals, sends series to decider

Adamson sent the UAAP girls volleyball finals to a Game 3. UAAP Season 85 Media Team
By Stewart Tan

MANILA--Adamson forced a winner-take-all Game 3 in the UAAP Season 85 High School Girls' Volleyball Finals with a thrilling 21-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-21, 15-13 Game 2 win over National University Nazareth School on Saturday at the Paco Arena.

Apart from keeping their title aspirations alive, the Baby Falcons ended Lady Bullpups' 23-match winning streak dating back to Season 82 when they swept the tournament 14-0.

The deciding Game 3 is scheduled on Monday at 9 a.m. at the same venue.

Midway into the deciding set, back-to-back errors from the Lady Bullpups extended the lead for the Baby Falcons to 12-9, and they eventually won the match with a back-row kill from Shaina Nitura, followed by Felicity Sagaysay sending the ball over that NUNS could not return.

"Sabi ko sa kanila, kailangan nilang maging matapang. Hindi natin pwedeng idaan lang sa skills natin ang NU, dapat matibay rin ang loob natin," said Adamson head coach JP Yude

Both teams started the match well, but the Lady Bullpups took advantage of the Baby Falcons' errors to pull off comfortable margins in the first set and win 25-21.

The Baby Falcons, however, cleaned up their passing lanes to set up their offense well, and with Nitura doing the damage, Adamson equalized the match at one set apiece with a score of 25-20.

The Lady Bullpups then won the third set, leaning on Kiana Olango and Celine Marsh. Leading by just two at 22-20 after a timeout, Olango fired back-to-back kills before Marsh took care of business at the net to send NUNS one set away from the championship.

Adamson, though, would take advantage of its foes' errors late in the fourth set, before a Nitura ace sent them to set point and fuelled yet another leveler for the challengers.

"Same pa rin, kumbaga yung mga kulang lang yung dapat naming ayusin. So, same thing, rest and maybe later or tomorrow training, tapos laban ulit sa Monday," said Yude.

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