PVL: Padda sees a lot of potential in converted setter Igao
Mark Escarlote on Aug 26, 2018 07:31 PM
Converted setter Mary Jane Igao has been showing a lot of potential for the Adamson University Lady Falcons.
Even with just less than a year since transitioning from a hitter into a setter, transferee Mary Jane Igao has already proven her worth with the Adamson University Lady Falcons.
Igao’s steady rise into one of Adamson’s vital cogs helped the Lady Falcons complete a clean sweep of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference elimination round sweep.
In fact, Igao is the frontrunner in the setting department with an average of 6.2 excellent sets per frame, something that surprised even Adamson head coach Air Padda.
“She has the least amount of experience among all the setters. I’m really proud of her,” said Padda after the Lady Falcons completed a seven-game elims sweep at the expense of San Sebastian College, 19-25, 25-10, 25-21, 25-13, Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Igao, a transferee from University of San Carlos in Cebu, tallied 28 excellent in Adamson’s win that gave the Lady Falcons the top seed in the best-of-three semifinals.
The hospitality management student at first was hesitant to play setter, a huge task especially for a team that lost a seasoned playmaker in Fhen Emnas.
“Hesitant po ako kasi napakahirap po ng setter tapos parang pinu-push din ako ng family ko na mag-go at i-grab yung opportunity,” said Igao. “Parang nagka-courage ako na tanggapin yung role kahit mahirap tsaka na-start ko mahalin ‘yung pages-set simula nu’ng simula.”
Padda praised Igao for accepting the role.
“I can’t even say personally that I would want to transition from being a hitter and transitioning into being trained as a setter because that job is very, very hard to do well. I think she’s handling the pressure,” said Padda.
“She only played seven games as an actual setter and she’s one. I think us having solid defense and I think seasoned hitters like Eli (Soyud) she’s a really seasoned hitter and off the court they have really good chemistry and very close so I think that helped her to establish confidence when she’s in there,” she added. “But dang! I am shocked (that she’s leading). There’s a lot of promise in her. I can’t wait what she can do in the UAAP. If she gets even more consistent maybe we might really like working on something here.”
Padda hopes that Igao will again step up for Adamson when they face University of the Philippines in the Final Four starting Wednesday.
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