UE pulls off volley upset
The unpredictable UAAP women’s volleyball season had another stunning turn of events at the end of the first round, this time courtesy of lowly University of the East.
UE displayed a measure of spunk and pride in shocking Adamson, 25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-13, on Sunday night to end the first round with a glimmer of hope.
National University earlier closed out the first round with a 25-23, 25-23, 25-17 win over University of the Philippines to come out on top with six wins in seven matches at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
After suffering defeats in their first six matches—which saw their coach abruptly calling it quits—the Lady Warriors pulled off the win against the Lady Falcons who carried the distinction of beating the two-time defending champions La Salle Lady Spikers.
Shaya Adorador fired the winning spike for the Lady Warriors, who also got a major boost from underrated libero Kath Arado who had excellent receptions and 24 excellent digs.
The win could serve as impetus for UE, which last season produced just one victory and only recently had coach Francis Vicente resigning his post citing personal reasons.
Jaja Santiago, who led NU with 17 points, is trying to at least bring her team to the Final Four on her fourth and last playing year for the Lady Bulldogs.
Risa Sato added 10 points for NU, while Jasmine Nabor opened up the alley with 32 excellent sets for the Lady Bulldogs who bounced back after suffering their only loss at the hands of the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws.
Dianna Carlos and Isa Molde scored 15 and 11 points, respectively, for UP which ended the first round at 2-5.
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