SSL National Invitationals runner-up Adamson and NCAA second-placer Lyceum of the Philippines University also barged into the winner’s circle with big wins against separate opponents.
The Lady Falcons trounced Arellano U, 25-19, 25-17, 25-22, while the Lady Pirates kept San Beda winless with a 25-6, 19-25, 26-24, 25-18 triumph, both in Pool B.
Johna Dolorito and Janeth Tulang tallied 15 points apiece while Joan Doguna had 10 points as the Lady Pirates dispatched the winless Lady Red Spikers in one hour and 41 minutes.
“Maganda ‘yung nilaro ng mga bata sa first set pa lang, pero sabi ko nga, sakit ng young team ang maging complacent pagdating sa gitna. Pinaka-main goal namin dito is to have experience we need para sa NCAA,” said coach Cromwell Garcia.
No player finished in double figures once again for San Beda, which absorbed its second straight loss in as many games after bowing to Arellano in Saturday’s opener.
The Lady Falcons, for their part, hardly missed the absence of National Invitationals Best Setter Angelica Alcantara who did not play due to unbearable toothache, in sweeping the Lady Chiefs in only 78 minutes.
Antonette Adolfo rifled in 13 points to lead a balanced attack as all players scored for the wards of coach JP Yude. Skipper Lucille Almonte added seven while Sharya Ancheta and Ayesha Juegos threw in six points each.
“Maganda naman ‘yung pinakita ng mga bata. ‘Yung first setter namin ‘di nakalaro so sabi ko lang, kung sino lalaro ngayon (mag-step up). By God’s grace, maganda naman kasi ‘di naman nila tiningnan ‘yung uncertainty. Lumaban pa rin,” said Yude.
Despite the 10 points of Laika Tudlasan, the Lady Chiefs slid to 1-1 after a 25-16, 25-21, 25-21 sweep of San Beda in the opener.