Adamson University seemed well on its way to cruising to a first win in UAAP Season 78.
Until University of Santo Tomas’ Cherry Rondina decided to take matters into her own hands, that is.
Fortunately for the Lady Falcons, they just had enough juice — and a match-clinching ace — to survive the Golden Tigresses.
Adamson eked out a 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 28-30, 16-14 win to kick off their women’s volleyball campaign Wednesday afternoon at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
Jema Galanza finished with a career-high 28 points while Mylene Paat and Mhay Roque added 19 and 13 markers, respectively, as the Lady Falcons endured more than 150 minutes before pulling off the victory.
Galanza also posted 10 digs in what turned out to be an epic showdown with Rondina, the Season 77 beach volleyball champion who moved into UST’s starting lineup this year.
The diminutive Rondina had 25 kills, 3 aces and 2 blocks, wowing the crowd of more than 2, 000 in a rally that ultimately fell short.
Team captain EJ Laure scored 15 points for the Tigresses while Ria Meneses chipped in 13.