By Kristel Satumbaga
University of Santo Tomas and Adamson forged deciding semifinal matches against their rivals on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Tigresses recovered from a slow start to down the Ateneo Lady Eagles 24-26, 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 while the Lady Falcons survived the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers 25-12, 21-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-11 in Game 2 of their respective best-of-three series.
The Tigresses pounced on the erratic Lady Eagles with Janna Torres, Imee Hernandez and Eya Laure in keeping their title bid a live following a 25-15, 26-28, 25-16, 25-18 Game 1 loss three days ago.
Torres fired 14 points built on 10 kills, three blocks and one ace while Hernandez blasted 10 attacks to finish with 12 points. Laure contributed 10 points including three attacks.
Ateneo survived the opening set behind the efforts of Vannie Gandler and Faith Nisperos, but failed to sustain its momentum by piling errors.
The Tigresses capitalized on the Lady Eagles’ lack of rhythm with sister Eya and EJ Laure took charge of the floor defense with combined 27 digs.
Overall, Ateneo gave up 38 points on errors.
Gandler and Nisperos finished with 15 points while Jules Samonte and Erika Raagas scored 11 each in a losing effort for the Lady Eagles. Jaja Maraguinot also converted 21 excellent sets to no avail.
Adamson, meanwhile, banked on Trisha Genesis, Rizza Cruz and Lucille Almonte in recovering from a 26-24, 29-27, 17-25, 15-13 Game 1 loss.
Genesis pumped in 24 points built on 21 kills and three aces, while Cruz and Almonte added 12 points each.
Game 3 will be on Sunday at the same venue.