UNIVERSITY of the Philippines set aside its emotions in a 23-25, 25-20. 25-13, 25-22 victory over Adamson for its first victory in the PVL Open Conference late Sunday at the Flying V Centre.
Jerry Yee called the shots possibly for one final time for the Lady Maroons, a day after bidding goodbye to the squad that he turned around from being an also-ran to a major UAAP Final Four contender.
Yee’s prized recruits Diana Carlos, Isa Molde, and Maris Layug were all instrumental in the win, especially in the fourth set, where UP came from behind to prevail.
The win created a four-way logjam at 1-3 with the Lady Maroons joining the Lady Falcons, Adamson, the Power Smashers, and BanKo-Perlas from fifth to eighth places.
“Since itong win na ito is our first win sa league, six coming from UAAP,” said UP lead assistant coach Kat de Lara. “Kahit ganun ang nangyari sa amin, maganda pa rin yung ginalaw namin ngayon.”
Trailing 15-17, the Lady Maroons needed a one big finishing kick in the fourth frame behind Layug and Carlos, spoiling their UAAP rivals’ bid to drag the game to a decider.
“I think nag-enjoy lang talaga sila sa game nila. Kahit nung fourth set, lamang Adamson pero tyinaga lang namin. I think from the second and third, nakuha nila yung rhythm nila,” said De Lara. “It’s the reason why even if we were down in the fourth set, we had an advantage.”
Carlos tallied 20 points, including two blocks and two service aces, while Molde and Layug added 17 and 10 markers, respectively, for UP.
The Lady Maroons also drew huge outing from Caryl Sandoval, who fired five service aces to finish with 13.