Adamson U Lady Falcons: Unfinished business
Mark Escarlote on Sep 01, 2017 03:33 PM
I feel this conference we’ll gonna be a lot better -- Adamson U head coach Air Padda
Adamson University is extra motivated in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.
The Lady Falcons will see the return of setter Fenela Emnas and middle blocker Joy Dacoron to help veteran Jema Galanza as Adamson hopes to improve from a one-win finish in the Open Conference.
“I feel this conference we’ll gonna be a lot better,” said a very optimistic American head coach Air Padda.
“First, because we are not playing pro teams but college teams,” she added. “I feel that having Fem back gives an added sense of leadership on the court and she’s an experienced setter. And having Joy back, she’s one of our strongest middles so I feel like as a team as a whole, we’re gonna be a lot stronger.”
The Lady Falcons are in Group B together with Technological Institute of the Philippines, NCAA teams Arellano University, College of St. Benilde and San Beda College and UAAP rival University of the Philippines.
Aside from its goal to advance in the Final Four, Padda wants to expose her team to a tough competition for his young players to gain experience, see what adjustments they need to address and develop team chemistry.
“The first goal is to get game experience because our team lacks that,” said Padda.
Adamson will again field senior high player Chiara Permentilla, who showed great potential in the Open Conference, but will miss the services of Chumcee Caole and Fatima Joaquin, who both transferred to Enderun College.
Other returnees are Eli Soyud, who is preparing for her return in the UAAP after transferring from De La Salle University, May Roque, Bernadette Flora and libero Jellie Tempiatura.
“I think this is going to be a test for us because there’s a lot of UAAP teams in the conference,” said Padda. “It will be a good way for us to kinda see where we are at right now as far as skill-wise. It will also expose all of the things that we need to work on.”
“I just want to see them compete,” she added. “I wanna see them play as a team and I wanna see them play good volleyball.”
Adamson will open its campaign on Monday against UP at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
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