Female coaches behind Lady Falcons’ resurgence
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 25, 2017 11:25 AM
After languishing in seventh spot in the last two seasons of the UAAP, the Adamson Lady Falcons have found themselves soaring high in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference as they lead Group B unbeaten in three matches. And they have their three female coaches to thank for their resurgence – American head coach Airess Padda (second from right, back row), assistant coach Angeli Tabaquero and trainer Cherry Rose Macatangay.
Even non-Adamson fans could not help but notice the amazing resurgence of the Lady Falcons now.
'Tsamba lang' (stroke of luck) was how they described their come-from-behind 17-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19, 15-9 shock win over the favored University of the Philippines Lady Fighting Maroons in their first game in the season-ending tournament of the PVL, hailed as the next big thing in local volleyball organized by Sports Vision with Asics as official league partner and Mikasa as official game ball.
That was no fluke, the Lady Falcons seemed to tell the volleyball community when in their next outing they made quick work of defending NCAA champions Lady Chiefs of Arellano University.
And the Lady Engineers of Technological Institute of the Philippines stood no chance against the rampaging campaigners from San Marcelino st. they, too, fell in straight sets as well.
Going into the 10th playing day of the league, only National University (Group A) and Adamson (Group B) remain undefeated of the 12 participating teams with three victories each.
As a result, fans now eagerly await the next games of the Lady Falcons as much for their amazing resurgence from dolorous performances before as for their all-female coaching staff.
American coach Airess Padda, assistant coach Angeli Tabaquero, and trainer Cherry Rose Macatangay have their own following, particularly the former athlete cum model from Stockton, California.
Greatly noticed when she visited the country in 2014 to lead a volleyball camp for collegiate and professional players, the 2005 pick for first-team All-California Collegiate Athletic Association and the NCAA Division II Pacific Regional All-Tournament team quickly accepted Adamson’s offer to step in as head coach of the Lady Falcons starting this year.
Her assistant coach and trainer were once upon a time the toasts of the local volleyball world, too.
Former University of Santo Tomas ace Tabaquero had won so many UAAP and V League championships she has, she says, lost count of them.
Macatangay had taken part in five Southeast Asia Games and was MVP once in the V League.
“She is very strict,” says Lady Falcon top scorer Jema Galanza of Padda in Filipino. “She obviously knows a lot about the sport and she’s patiently imparting them to us.”
Evenly helping Galanza, who averaged 18 points in three games, in scoring is former La Salle Green Spiker Christine Joy Soyud, who exploded for 27 points against the Lady Maroons.
The newcomers on the team beside Soyud are Chiara May Permentilla, Lea-Ann Perez, and Mary Jane Igao.
The Adamson lineup: May Jeannalyn Roque, Bernadette Flora, Ceasa Joria Pinar, Mary Joy Dacoron, Jellie Tempiatura, Jema Galanza, Chiara Permentilla, Lea-Ann Perez, Mary Jane Igao, Chrislyn Uy, Christine Soyud, Tonnie Rose Ponce and Fenela Risha Emnas.
Russell Balbacal, team manager; Airess Padda, head coach; Angeli Tabaquero, assistant coach; Cherry Rose Macatangay, trainer; and Rogelio Getigan, trainer/therapist.