I believe in her so much -- Adamson coach Padda on former player and national team member Mylene Paat
Mark Escarlote on Aug 19, 2018 06:06 PM
I hope she can remember how much she’s worked her ass off to get that (national team) spot -- Adamson coach Air Padda on former player and now national team member Myelene Paat
Adamson University head coach Air Padda never had the opportunity to talk to her former player Mylene Paat before the national team member flew to Indonesia to compete in the 2018 Asian Games.
Although Paat is just in her first tour of duty, Padda believes that the hitter can bring a lot to the table for the Nationals.
“No (didn’t get a chance to talk to her) and I wish I was because I will give her the best pep talk ever,” said Padda. “But I believe in her so much and I hope whoever they play next, hopefully, the coach will give her another opportunity to play.
In her debut on Sunday in the country’s Asiad return after 36 years, Paat finished with four points in the Philippines’ 22-25, 12-25, 15-25, loss to powerhouse Thailand.
She may not have scored a lot but it was a very decent performance in general for a player who was a late inclusion in the national squad after replacing injured Ces Molina.
“She’s one of the Filipino players you have here who can compete at a high level. Her height, her playing ability, her strengths. I mean she can really compete with those girls just like Jaja (Santiago) they have an advantage,” said Padda, who coached Paat in the middle/opposite hitter’s last playing year with the Lady Falcons in UAAP Season 80.
Padda and Paat developed a great relationship when the American mentor replaced Sherwin Meneses three years ago. Paat skipped UAAP Season 79 before returning the following year to beef up the Lady Falcons.
Although Padda never got a chance to talk to Paat, the Adamson coach’s advice to her is to simply lookback at the road she had to take to earn a spot in the national squad.
“I hope what she does is she looks at the opportunity versus the fear that she might be feeling right now,” she said. “The fear of not being ready, the fear of not having national team experience. She can do this.”
“So, man, I hope she can bawi. I hope she can remember how much she’s worked her ass off to get that spot and she doesn’t let the opportunity pass her up because she’s scared,” Padda closed.
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