PVL: Injury woes continue to haunt Lady Falcons

Mark Escarlote on Oct 25, 2018 02:34 PM
PVL: Injury woes continue to haunt Lady Falcons
Eli Soyud and Trisha Genesis remain doubtful to see action for Adamson-Akari in the PVL Season 2 Open Conference.

As if its winless record isn’t bad enough, Adamson-Akari will continue to limp through the second round of eliminations in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference.

Head coach Air Padda is not expecting injured veterans Eli Soyud and Le-Ann Perez and rookie Trisha Genesis to be back in action soon.

“I don’t see any of those girls coming back within the next few weeks at least,” said Padda, whose squad was bitten by the injury bug early in their campaign in the season-ending tournament.

Even before the start of the conference, Adamson already lost one of its top hitter in Soyud to injury while middle blocker Joy Dacoron joined her club team BanKo.

The Collegiate Conference Best Opposite Spiker underwent surgery on her left meniscus and was given at least six to eight weeks of recovery. She was initially expected to return in the second round, but with the pace of her recovery, Padda is not that optimistic.     

“I don’t think that Eli’s gonna be back because even with her rehab she’s not gonna make it back,” said Padda of her top hitter, who averaged 17.2 points per game in the Collegiate Conference.

Genesis was sidelined due to a left ankle injury she sustained in the Lady Falcons’ third game against BanKo. The Laguna-native landed on the foot of Perlas Spiker and former Adamson star Amanda Villanueva.

 “Trisha isn’t even back in training, she’s walking now but her ankle is really swollen and the movement like her flexibility is not there,” said Padda. “Maybe a few more weeks for Trisha but we’re not sure.”

And Perez is still on the road to recovery from a shoulder injury.   

“Le is in training but she can’t hit,” the mentor said. “The mobility of her shoulder to like move and turn is not there yet.”

With an undermanned squad, Padda saw her team’s quick turnaround from Collegiate Conference’s flawless team after the elims to the Open Conference’s cellar-dweller, losing all of their first seven games.

“We didn’t start off on the right foot, we had a bunch of injuries which we still have,” said Padda.

But despite a disappointing first round, Padda still sees some silver lining in their last couple of games especially on their strong floor defense that she think they can capitalize on come second round.

“I’m looking forward to starting on a strong note,” she said. “Like I said I think we ended the first round playing better, we just need to build on it.”

Adamson-Akari will face Iriga-Navy on Saturday at the Imus Sports Complex in Cavite.

 

 

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