Lady Falcons snatch 4th UAAP softball crown

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Adamson University overpowered National University (NU), 8-1, in Game 2 to claim its fourth-straight title in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 76 softball tournament on Friday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

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The Lady Falcons swept the Lady Bulldogs, 2-0, in their championship showdown as Adamson also won in Game 1 via an 11-3 decision.

Adamson was undefeated in the last four seasons and made history by holding the longest winning streak of 48. The last time Adamson lost was in February 13, 2010 when it suffered a 3-8 defeat at the hands of University of Santo Tomas.

“We’re not thinking of the streak or history in the UAAP. We just wanted to play and win this. Going into the finals, we have this ‘one game at a time’ mentality. What’s important for us is to win the game regardless of the score,” said Adamson head coach Ana Santiago.

World Series Big League veteran Annalie Benjamen was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Best Slugger.

Overall, the Lady Falcons own 13 titles including their 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 crowns.

In volleyball, Ateneo De Manila University takes on Adamson in the first stepladder semifinals of the women’s division slated at 4 p.m. at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Lady Eagles will rely on MVP candidate Alyssa Valdez along with Ella De Jesus, Amy Ahomiro, Julia Morado, Aerial Patnongon and veteran libero Denden Lazaro while the Lady Falcons are expected to draw huge games from open hitters Sheila Marie Pineda and Mayette Zapanta as well as middle blockers Mylene Paat and Faye Guevara, and playmaker May Macatuno.

The winner of the Ateneo-Adamson game will advance against second seed National University in the second phase of the stepladder semifinals. The Lady Bulldogs hold a twice-to-beat card.

Playing at 2 p.m. are No. 2 Ateneo and No. 3 Far Eastern University in the first Final Four match of the men’s division.

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