Padda mum on Adamson's collapse in battle for third series opener
Mark Escarlote on Oct 11, 2017 07:30 PM
Adamson coach Air Padda declined to grant an interview after the Lady Falcons' straight sets beating at the hands of Arellano University.
Adamson University head coach Air Padda was a picture of disappointment, as she emerged from the locker room inside the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan shortly after the Lady Falcons’ straight sets beating Wednesday.
She declined to comment on Adamson’s 23-25, 24-26, 14-25, loss to Arellano University in the best-of-three series opener of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference battle for third.
“Not today,” said Padda, who was obviously upset with how her team performed against a squad they swept in the elimination round.
It was the Lady Falcons’ third straight loss after dropping their last two matches in the best-of-three semifinals series against Far Eastern University including a sorry four-set defeat in Game 3, Monday.
Adamson never got its usual aggressive game going and unraveled in the third frame after squandering a five-point lead, 15-20, in the second that proved to be the turning point of the match.
It didn’t help that Padda sat out Adamson’s top scorer Eli Soyud, who took over the scoring role for the Lady Falcons after Jema Galanza was ruled out of the contest due to a dislocated right ankle in the team’s fourth game, in the second and third sets.
Soyud, who averaged 19.6 points in the semis, scored only seven points.
Asked for the reason why she was shut down by Padda early, the De La Salle University transferee just shrugged her shoulder and refused to grant an interview.
Game 2 of the series is on Saturday. If needed, Game 3 is on Monday.
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