MANILA, Philippines – Adamson and University of Santo Tomas remained undefeated in their respective groups after defeating separate foes to advance to the next round in the 2023 Shakey’s Super League (SSL) Collegiate Pre-Season Championship Season 2 on Monday at the Filoil EcoOil Center in San Juan.
The Lady Falcons counted on the troika of Lucille Almonte, Red Bascon and transfer Barbie Jamili, who each scored seven points, to eliminate the Lyceum Lady Pirates 25-16, 25-16, 25-13, and take first place to conquer. Swimming pool B.
In addition to the trio of Almonte, Bascon and Jamili, middle blockers Lorene Toring and Sharrya Ancheta also played a key role in combining for 11 points, as did all the Lady Falcons, but the liberos scored at least one point.
“It’s a good start for us, while at the same time our new players will also gain experience that they can bring to the upcoming (UAAP) season,” Adamson coach JP Yude said in Filipino. “But we can still see our mistakes. We need to develop our young team, combine our chemistry and show their maturity, because after this round we will face stronger opponents.”
Adamson’s win also made way for the qualification of Arellano, who won two of their three matches in Pool B, as Lyceum emerged with a 1-2 record, losing in just 68 minutes.
The Lady Falcons, who settled for a second-place finish in the National Invitationals after losing to the De La Salle Lady Spikers in the final series, will look to top their bracket against the winless San Beda Lady Red Spikers (0-2) on Sunday. next week.
Meanwhile, UST completed a three-match Pool C sweep after frustrating reigning NCAA champion College of Saint Benilde 25-13, 22-25, 25-12, 25-22.
Jonna Perdido won the Golden Tigresses and advanced to the next round with a 3-0 record, while racking up 20 points – all coming from attacking. Regina Jurado contributed 19 points, while rookie Angeline Poyos continued her good form with 17 points.
“There is still a lot of room for improvement. We need to be more consistent going into the second round,” UST coach KungFu Reyes said in Filipino.
St. Benilde, who relied on Gayle Pascual’s 13 points, fell to a 1-1 record in Pool C and will be in contention for battle in a crucial match against University of Perpetual Help next Saturday.
Perpetual Help stayed in contention with a 1-1 record after Shaila Omipon dropped 11 points, including a pair of aces, to send Letran to a winless three-match campaign, 25-9, 25-17, 25-17.
Defending champion National University, which won back-to-back matches over the weekend, advanced to the second round in Pool A with a 2-0 record. Far Eastern University, undefeated in two matches in Pool D, also qualified for the next round starting October 14 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Adamson coach Yude believes NU and UST will be their biggest hurdles this preseason tournament.
“NU and UST (are the biggest hurdles this tournament). UST is also strong despite being a young team. But I told my players that we can make it, by God’s grace and God’s will, as long as we give our best every time,” he said.
Mapua refused to endure a winless Pool D campaign after dispatching Emilio Aguinaldo College to its second defeat, 25-19, 29-27, 25-11.
Hannah De Guzman led the Lady Cardinals to their first win with 12 points, but their fate is already out of their hands with a 1-2 record as their battle lies in the last two games of Ateneo (1-0), who will be played against FEU. on Saturday and EAC next Sunday.