PVL: Flora’s time to bloom has come
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 03, 2018 11:25 AM
Pasay pride Bernadette Flora (eighth from right, back row) is soaring high on her fourth year with the Adamson University Lady Falcons. Coach Airess Padda’s lineup this year includes returnee Joy Dacoron (5) and three rookies in Nikka Yandoc (#1), Trisha Genesis (#2) and libero Hannah Infante (#15). (Photo by Stephanie Marie Baluyot)
For two years, Bernadette Flora languished in the shadow of the strong-hitting Jema Galanza.
Perhaps in preparation for when the ace Lady Falcon would leave the San Marcelino-based squad, the five-foot-six daughter of a barbecue vendor in Pasay City finally got longer playing minutes the following year.
With the graduation of Galanza from last season’s UAAP, Flora got what she prayed and trained hard for a spot on coach Airess Padda’s first team beginning with the ongoing Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference.
“Eto na ang sukli sa lahat ng pagod at pagsisikap ko sa training,” said Flora, 19, beaming bright after her team collected victory No. 2 in as many outings against the hard-driving College of St. Benilde’s Lady Blazers.
Her smile turned into fullness when she was shown the game’s stats. She scored 17 points as did De La Salle University transferee Eli Soyud, highlighting her output with 13 attacks.
Against the University of Perpetual Help Lady Altas in the opening game of the PVL Second Conference July 21, the fourth-year Education student already distinguished herself by becoming one of three from her team who produced double figures as she finished with 12 points behind Soyud’s 17 and Chiara May Permentilla’s 13 in Adamson’s straight-sets victory.
“Ang sarap ng pakiramdam na isa ka sa mga inaasahan ng team, na pinapalakpakan tuwing makakapuntos ka,” she added, the smile staying in her eyes. “Mas lalo akong magsisikap sa training para mas maganda ang maipapakita ko sa mga susunod pang laro namin.”
Like the rest of the team, Flora, who is the youngest of six children, effusively welcomed the return to the team of Mary Joy Dacoron, who took a short break after helping BanKo Perlas to the bronze medal in the PVL Reinforced Conference won by Creamline.
Apart from Flora, Soyud, Dacoron and Permentilla, Adamson's line-up is composed of Nikka Yandoc, Trisha Genesis, Ceasa Jorica Pinar, Raich Macaslang, Jennalyn Roque, Lea Ann Perez, Mary Jane Igao, Chrislyn Uy, Tonnie Rose Ponce and Hannah Infanta
Padda is assisted on the bench by Cherry Macatangay and Angelie Tabaquero.