I guess it's my time -- Permentilla on breakout game

Mark Escarlote on Jul 12, 2017 09:44 PM
 I guess it's my time -- Permentilla on breakout game
Sabi nga lagi ni coach Air (Padda), your time will come. And I guess, tonight, is my time -- Chiara Permentilla

Adamson University head coach Airess Padda remembered how Chiara Permentilla worked her way up to earn a spot in the starting six.

The American mentor found a gem when she gave the transferee a chance Wednesday.

After seeing limited time in Adamson’s first two games, Permentilla got her biggest break and delivered 24 points to highlight the Lady Falcons’ stunning 25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22, upset win over the Power Smashers in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.    

The victory ended Adamson’s two-game slide for a 1-2 win-loss slate tied with Banko-Perlas.

“Well you know in that last game, Chiara only got a little bit of playing time. She and May (Roque), in practice, they battle it out (for the starting spot). So between them, it's basically whoever is the hungriest that week, whoever we see really wanting to be in the starting six,” said Padda.

“This week she had some good practices, so we gave her a chance, and she really performed well,” Padda said of the outside spiker, who was part of the squad’s Team B last UAAP season after transferring from De La Salle-Lipa. “Really proud of Chiara for stepping up.”

The 5-foot-8 Permentilla, hammered 19 attacks with three aces and a couple of kill blocks for an all-around scoring performance.

“Sobrang thankful and blessed. I guess after this game na ano ko na worth it lahat ng hard work sa practice,” she said. “Sabi nga lagi ni coach Air, your time will come. And I guess, tonight, is my time.”

But two games ago, she was buried down Padda’s rotation.

Permentilla was benched in the Lady Falcons four-set loss to Creamline in their tournament opener and saw action only in the second set in a scoreless outing against BanKo-Perlas, which also submitted Adamson in four frames, last Sunday.    

“It was so painful, na every time after the game sa dugout meron kaming talk and wala eh,” said Permentilla, who spend most her childhood in Italy. “All I could say was I wish I could play, I wish I could contribute to the team.”

“(But) ‘yun nga, your time will come and naging worth it nga and pag-iintay,” she added.

The Lady Falcons will take on fellow UAAP squad University of the Philippines on Sunday in a game that will gauge Adamson’s mettle in the collegiate wars.

Expect Permentilla to prove that her explosion is no fluke.



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