PVL: Padda unhappy with Adamson's attitude towards 'dead' arena
Mark Escarlote on Jul 29, 2018 07:28 PM
I try to tell them Ďyou canít let that dictate how hard you play' -- Adamson coach Air Padda
Adamson University head coach Air Padda was particularly unhappy with her team’s attitude Sunday against College of St. Benilde in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference.
A far cry from the usual arena atmosphere during their games in the UAAP, Padda felt that her wards were distracted by a rather quiet environment inside the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan with only 230 spectators watching the game live according to the official game stats.
“With our team, I know, like, in the beginning of the match the arena was dead,” said Padda. “Like, there was no music, barely any audience. I try to tell them ‘you can’t let that dictate how hard you play’. It’s a distraction.”
“They're still trying to get used to no matter what environment you’re in you gotta play the game,” Padda added.
Adamson managed to win their second straight match with a four-set win over College of St. Benilde, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, in a victory that Padda described as ugly.
The mentor pointed out that they threw away too many free points off their errors – a total of 30 – and some her players failed to deliver.
“It’s like I just started talking to them about stats this week and really breaking down stats and sometimes they’re like ‘Oh coach I got 12 points’ but ‘yeah but you also committed 12 errors. You scored 12 points for your team but you also scored 12 for them so now you’re at 0.’ And that’s where our inconsistency lies,” she said.
“We’re like scoring points for us but we’re also scoring just as many points to the other team.”
Padda hopes to see a better showing from her players when they take on UAAP team Far Eastern University next Sunday.
“I’m actually looking forward to it. You know when we play teams at a higher level we tend to play up to that level. Surprisingly, I know we’ll do much better than how we played today and in our previous match. It worries me, I’m like, that’s where inconsistency lies,” she said.
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