They're the future of Adamson -- Coach Padda on Cruz, Romero
Mark Escarlote on Jul 01, 2017 09:14 PM
High school guest players Louie Romero (left) and Rizza Cruz were impressive in their Adamson debut.
Adamson head coach Air Padda praised the performance of her young guest players Louie Romero and Rizza Cruz despite the Lady Falcons’ four-set loss against powerhouse Creamline Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.
The King’s Montessori senior high school duo were undaunted even against a squad composed of established volleybelles led by superstar Alyssa Valdez.
Their spunk and moxie drew the admiration of Padda.
“They make me excited,” said Padda after the Lady Falcons’ 17-25, 25-18, 15-25, 22-25, loss to the Cool Smashers in their tournament debut at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Cruz, a middle blocker, scored nine points while playmaker Romero dished out 34 excellent sets.
The Palarong Pambansa Best Setter Romero came just a pair of excellent sets short of equaling the number of sets registered by accomplished setter Jia Morado.
“That's why I wanted them to play with us because they're the future of Adamson,” said Padda, who added that the two have already committed with the team for UAAP Season 81. “They just got so much potential. To be that young and go out there and not be scared? They're playing pros and you couldn't tell on their faces.”
“Interestingly, they made the least errors on our team. I'm just so excited for them,” she added. “They're gonna be the ones to watch for sure.”
A stark contrast from the Adamson squad that won only one game during the 79th UAAP volleyball tournament, the Lady Falcons gave the Cool Smashers quite a challenge after tying the duel at one set apiece.
But Creamline’s composure, experience and veteran smarts were too much for Adamson to handle.
Still, the gallant stand of the Lady Falcons earned the respect of their opponent.
“Ang tapang nilang maglaro,” said Morado, whose Ateneo de Manila squad dominated Adamson last UAAP season. “We’re not really surprised and we’re happy to play against them.”
“Sobrang nakita namin na lumaban sila and seeing how they improved from UAAP last season and seeing them play now, it’s really a big difference now,” she added. “Sobrang tapang na nilang maglaro and they play happy which is good.”
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