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UST, Adamson boost SSL playoff chances

University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University strengthened their bids to advance into the next round after routing their respective foes in Pool B of the Shakey’s Super League Collegiate Preseason Championship at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

The Tigresses rolled to a 25-13, 25-19, 25-15, drubbing of Emilio Aguinaldo College to remain unbeaten in three starts.

Angeli Abella had 19 points while Bianca Plaza and Xyza Gula added eight and seven points, respectively, for UST.

“I’m happy the team executed well in this game. I just want to see more consistency in our second unit as we head into the next round,” Tigresses coach Kungfu Reyes said.

The Lady Falcons, on the other hand, extended its winning run to two while snapping the two-game roll of Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-15, 25-22, 25-16.

Kate Santiago scored 17 points while Antonette Adolfo added 15 markers for Adamson, which tied its victim at 2-1 slate.

The Lady Falcons unleashed a 10-1 blitz to erase a 15-21 deficit for a reversal in the second set before Adamson cruised in the third frame for the victory.

Meanwhile, reigning University Athletic Association of the Philippines champion National University and Ateneo de Manila University clinched seats into the next round after sweeping their respective Pool B assignments on Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs’ firepower proved too much for Arellano University as NU cruised to a 25-9, 25-17, 25-14, victory while the Blue Eagles made quick work of Jose Rizal University, 25-20, 25-16, 25-10, to hike their perfect records to 2-0.

Rookie Vangie Alinsug registered 12 points despite playing only in the last two frames to lead NU while Myrle Escanlar scored seven of her nine points in the third set.

Lyann de Guzman, on the other hand, had a 15-point explosion for Ateneo, which also got 13 markers from Yvana Sulit, 11 from Briana Ng and 10 from veteran winger Vanie Gandler.

NU and Ateneo are playing as of press time in their much-anticipated showdown to close the group stage.

The Lady Chiefs closed its campaign with a 1-2 slate while the Lady Bombers finished the group stage winless in three tries.

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