I'm glad that PVL [season] is over -- Air Padda
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 24, 2018 08:23 PM
Adamson-Akari ended the final tournament of the year winless at 0-14, and coach Air Padda breathed a sigh of relief that all of their games have been finished.
BATANGAS CITY -- The Adamson Lady Falcons' campaign in the PVL Open Conference is over, but it wasn't pretty to say the least.
Adamson-Akari ended the final tournament of the year winless at 0-14, and coach Air Padda breathed a sigh of relief knowing that all of their games are done.
"I'm glad that PVL is over. This conference has been really tough for us. We've endured so many injuries aside from the level of play. I know my girls need a break; we've been playing since July. I just wanted them to finish the PVL in a lighter mood," the outspoken mentor said after the game.
In the season ender, they did not stand a chance against the top-seeded Creamline Cool Smashers, falling in three sets, 7-25, 11-25, 10-25 at the Batangas Sports Coliseum Saturday evening.
Padda told her girls to just have fun, since they had expected the worst, since their opponents had vengeance in their eyes.
"I didn't think we were going to get to 15 points. Most of our lineup, we had a lot of freshmen in there. They don't know whether to be excited that they're playing their idols or embarassed that they don't know what to do."
"Honestly, this game didn't mean anything to us. We told them to go out there and have fun and, if you do something good, hold on to it and celebrate it for as long as you can."
The incoming third-year coach of the Lady Falcons imparted that the campaign taught great lessons to her freshmen, who may or may not see playing time in the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball wars.
With about a two-month break before the premier collegiate volleyball tournament starts in February, Padda knows there's a lot of things to do before the team could be considered as fully prepared.
Integration of veterans and the young ones is paramount for the former volleybelle, as they start training camp next week, which does not have a Christmas and New Year break.
Second-year open hitter Chiara Permentilla, Padda says will return to Italy for the first time in two years and will stay there for three weeks.
"They get a week off after next week. That's nine days off and then they'll come back and do double days because they won't have school. Hopefully, in January we'll be trying to go to Thailand."