UAAP Volleyball: Adamson vs La Salle vs. Final Four Spot

Adamson Lady Falcons.  UAAP pictures

Adamson Lady Falcons. UAAP pictures

MANILA, Philippines – Committed to bringing Adamson back to the final four for the first time in eight years, coach Larma Giron says his team will do whatever it takes against La Salle to save their chances of reaching the semi-finals in the final round of the UAAP season. 64 women’s volleyball tournaments on Thursday.

The Lady Falcons are in the final four hopes line for their crucial match against the No. 2 Lady Spykers at the Mall of Asia Arena at 12:30 pm, who are also eyeing a double-loss advantage in the semifinals.

Adamson, tied with No. 4 Atenio for the same 7-6 record, will have to beat La Salle to secure at least one play-off for the final four berths.

“We really want to get Adamson back in the final four. We will work really hard for this. With God’s help, my coaching staff and players will work together to make this happen, “said Giron in the Filipino. “We will prepare everything for our crucial game against La Salle.”

The fate of the semifinal format between the undefeated National University and the University of Santo Thomas by 4pm is also at risk. A win for the Lady Bulldogs would get them a direct ticket to the final and transfer the next season’s format to the Staples. But if the Tigers are upset, the top four teams will advance to the final four regularly.

If Adamson can beat La Salle and Atenio beat the Philippine-run University at 6:30 a.m., the joint fourth-place finishers will face off in a playoff on Saturday.

However, if the Lady Falcons lose, they will have to pray for the lost results from the Blue Eagles to force a playoff for their final Final Four ticket.

It won’t be easy for Adamson, as La Salle (10-3), who has won five matches in a row in the second round, will have to win his last elimination game to secure a double-bit edge and avoid a playoff for numbers. With 2 UST (9-4) if it loses to NU.

Adamson’s top scorer Trisha Genesis says they don’t want to suffer another heartbreak to come back from a crucial five-set defeat to Atenio last Saturday.

“That game (vs. Atenio) really hurt us. We don’t want to feel the same way again. We will not make the same mistake, “said Genesis in the Filipino.

He added, “Everyone wants to continue fighting as long as we have the opportunity.”

Adamson is looking to make his first semifinal appearance since the Season 76 Final Four in 2014.

“So far, our five-set rate near UST and Ateneo still haunts us. But I always tell my players, we are wounded fighters, we will continue to fight, “said coach Adamson.

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