Lady Falcons, Lady Maroons collide in a preview of UAAP wars
Mark Escarlote on Jul 16, 2017 08:54 AM
Adamson University targets its second straight win in a match against another collegiate team University of the Philippines.
Adamson University and University of the Philippines cross paths in a collegiate wars preview in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Lady Falcons coach Air Padda will use the 6:30 p.m. tussle as a barometer to gauge her where her team is at right now heading into the next UAAP season and a chance to prove that their conquest of the Power Smashers the last time out is no fluke.
The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
Adamson pulled off shocker last Wednesday when the Lady Falcons upset the Power Smashers, 25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22, for its first win in three outings.
Padda hopes that her girls will ride on the momentum of their win to snatch their second straight win and add more woes to the winless Lady Maroons, who are on a three game losing streak.
UP absorbed a 27-29, 16-25, 22-25, defeat at the hands of Air Force last Wednesday.
“I think it's gonna be a good match, it's gonna be exciting. I watched some of their Air Force game. They didn't play good, low energy, you can tell. I don't think that we're gonna play that team on Sunday, it's gonna be much better. It's gonna be a battle,” Padda said.
“For our girls, it's almost like redemption for us from what happened in the UAAP, and now we're a lot more confident this time,” added Padda, whose squad managed to win only one match during her first year as head coach in UAAP Season 79.
Padda will bank on Jema Galanza, Chiara Permentilla, who had a breakout 26-point game against the Power Smashers, and Eli Soyud against the Lady Maroons.
UP is a struggling team despite the presence of top hitters Diana Carlos and Isa Molde.
The character of the team will be tested especially after head coach Jerry Yee announced his decision to resign from his post after four years of service.
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