Adamson, San Sebastian Take Semifinals Openers
Adamson University drew another inspired performance from guest player Neriza Bautista and Angela Benting to hack out a 25-22, 25-18, 22-25, 25-23 victory over University of Santo Tomas and move within a win away from clinching its second straight finals appearance yesterday in fifth Shakey's V-League at The Arena in San Juan City.
While the Lady Falcons played solid both offensively and defensively, the Tigresses were erratic, committing 27 errors that led to their downfall in Game 1 of their best-of-three semis series.
San Sebastian succeeded where UST failed as it exacted revenge over La Salle, 25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 20-25, 15-9, to likewise gain a 1-0 lead in their own side of the Final Four duel.
Lou Ann Latigay dished out a conference-best 30 hits but the SSC tossers needed to toughen up in the deciding set and cash in on the Lady Archers' errors and a mental lapse to pound out the victory.
La Salle appeared headed to completing a remarkable comeback from 0-2 down by taking the first three points in the fifth set but libero Melissa Gohing failed to go out of the court in time after she was replaced for a violation.
The SSC belles, who lost to the Lady Archers, 18-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-16, in the elims, took charge from there, 8-7, then hung tough to claim the victory.
The Lady Falcons, who needed one hour and 36 minutes to wrap up the match, can gain a return trip to the finals with another win on Sunday at 4 p.m.
In a game of fluctuating fortunes, Adamson went to Bautista for the big kill and the 5-foot-11 veteran came through with a whistling shot that shattered a 23-all count in the tightly-fought fourth set. …