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Lady Falcons, Lady Bulldogs dispatch foes to enter SSL semis

MANILA, Philippines – Adamson cruised to the Final Four with an easy 25-21, 25-18, 25-15 win over Arellano in the Shakey’ Super League (SSL) Collegiate Pre-Season Championship quarterfinals over the weekend at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila.

All players, except for the liberos, racked up the scoring board in a scattered attack as the Lady Falcons maximized their win-once bonus to make a return semifinal trip after a bronze-medal finish in the inaugural season.

This time, the Lady Falcons found no trouble replicating their feat in only 83 minutes, with 13 players scoring led by Maria Rochelle Lalongisip’s eight points.

Ayesha Juegos, Jen Villegas and Antonette Adolfo chipped in seven points each, skipper Lucille Almonte had five, while Lorence Toring and Jimy Jean Jamili added five points apiece.

“We’re so happy and grateful na nakapasok po kami sa semis. Nakabawi po kami at nabigay po namin ‘yung best as a team. Ngayon, mas naibigay po namin ‘yung laro namin,” said Juegos, who claimed the Player of the Game honors on five hits and two aces.

The Lady Falcons will face reigning champion and undefeated National University, which also made short work of University of the East with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-23 win in the other quarterfinal pairing.

Also barging into the Final Four was Far Eastern University after trouncing Ateneo, 25-19, 25-18, 25-18, to arrange a knockout semifinals against either NCAA champion College of St. Benilde or University of Santo Tomas.

St. Benilde forced a deciding game against UST, equipped with a twice-to-beat advantage, in their quarterfinal duel after a thrilling 25-22, 23-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-11 win.

The rubber match is set next Saturday at the same venue to complete the Final Four cast of SSL Season 2 in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education and the Philippine Sports Commission.

UE and Arellano, as well as Ateneo against the loser between St. Benilde and UST, will tussle in the classification matches for 5th-8th spots before the semis and the best-of-three finals.