PVL: Buitre ‘killed’ Adamson in series opener admits Padda

Mark Escarlote on Aug 29, 2018 07:56 PM
PVL: Buitre ‘killed’ Adamson in series opener
Adamson University head coach Air Padda admitted that University of the Philippines' Marian Buitre punished the Lady Falcons in their Final Four series opener.

Adamson University seemed to be on the right track towards forcing a fifth set against their elimination round victim University of the Philippines.

Then Marian Buitre dashed everything.

The Lady Maroons opposite hitter rallied UP from six points down in the fourth frame and scored eight of her team’s last 13 points to hand the Lady Falcons a stinging 24-26, 25-19, 25-22, 25-20, loss in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference Final Four Wednesday.

Adamson head coach Air Padda knew that Buitre, not the usually scoring nightmare Isa Molde, will be the one to punish their net defense.

She was right.

Buitre made them pay a high price – the Lady Falcons’ first loss of the tournament that pushed Adamson’s back on the wall.

It was that weakness at the left wing that Padda tried to address during their preparation, but Buitre still bullied her way to scoring 23 attacks in her 25-point outing – her personal-best in the conference. 

“She has nothing but confidence going into this game because she destroyed us last time,” said Padda of Buitre, who had 15 points in Adamson’s four-set win over UP in the elims.

The fourth year Lady Maroon was unstoppable in the crucial stretch of  the fourth set that saw UP erase a 12-18 deficit to take a 21-18 lead before putting the icing on the cake with an off the block kill to seal the victory.

“I knew that’s the weakness of ours. That’s the weakness in our defense that I was talking about was our left side blocking,” said Padda.

Buitre also got her way over Adamson rookie Trisha Genesis in a one-sided match up at the net.

“Today we had a baby in there, we had Trisha in there most of the time,” said Padda of having Genesis take on Buitre’s rampage. “She doesn’t have the experience of blocking a hitter like that. With that said, it was really hard to defend her because our block wasn’t set up the right way.” “She did a really good job taking advantage of it,” Padda added. “That’s what I’m gonna tell her if I was her (Buitre) coach. It’s just something we have to work on the next two days.”

Padda and the rest of the Lady Falcons have a couple of days to adjust their defense as they try to extend the series on Saturday.



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