Lady Falcons are the new team to watch in the PVL
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 04, 2017 10:44 AM
Though beaten in four sets in their first outing against Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, the Adamson U Lady Falcons earned the nod of those who matter in Philippine volleyball with their heads-up play and a pair of exciting young guest players from King’s Montessori School.
Or so Sports Vision founder and chairman of the board Moying Martelino happily declared just moments after the Adamson University Lady Falcons lost a four-set decision to the Creamline Cool Smashers in Saturday’s opening of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City.
The venerable Martelino, who has helped organize the biggest events in world basketball here and abroad, was actually gushing over the presence of new faces on the team that has now been struggling in the UAAP for years.
“Adamson lost, all right, but they did very well. With the presence of new talents, there’s no doubt the team is headed to the top again,” he added.
Even American coach Air Padda was upbeat about the defeat, telling the media afterward that rosy times are ahead for her team.
Throughout the Creamline-Adamson match, she was seen celebrating every point made by the Lady Falcons, at times gleefully dancing with her arms and hips swaying left and right.
Superstars in the making
Two exceptionally talented teenagers from King’s Montessori School in Quezon City – setter Louie Romero and spiker Rizza Andrea Cruz – performed in their first foray into commercial volleyball like they were to the volleyball court born.
This early they’re already hailed as the future of Philippine volleyball, these Grade XI students who have already committed themselves to play for Adamson after their graduation from King’s Montessori.
And the 5-foot-10 Eli Soyud, who last donned the La Salle Lady Spikers colors, is now with the Lady Falcons, having already spent a semester in Adamson as a sports management student.
Volleyball aficionados are one in saying her spiking skills will make the Lady Falcon’s offensive stronger both in the UAAP and this All-Filipino Conference of the PVL, a joint undertaking of Sports Vision, official league partner Asics, and official game ball Mikasa.
“I’m excited to be part of a new team,” said Soyud. “I get to meet new people, new classmates or school mates. This is a new challenge for me.”
Soyud, a native of Bago City, Negros Occidental, and the exciting Cruz each tallied nine points against the Cool Smashers. She said she could have contributed more if only she was able to control her adrenaline.
But it was Louie Romero, 16, who had those who know their volleyball shake their heads in disbelief at her incredible showing.
Showing why she was a Palarong Pambansa Best Setter awardee, she held her own against the extraordinary Jia Morado of Creamline.
After shaking off what she called early jitters, she went on to make 34 excellent sets, two short of Morado’s 36.
“Nakaka-pressure po noong tumapak na ako ng court pero noong nakuha ko na ang aking rhythm ayun tuluy-tuloy na,” said the youngest of three children of a personal driver and a housewife in Quezon City.