PVL: I felt like we just played a month of games -- Padda
Mark Escarlote on Jun 09, 2019 08:35 PM
[It’s] emotionally draining, physically draining, spiritually draining, mentally draining, and now, tomorrow, they can actually just take the rest that they need -- Motolite coach Air Padda
After a five-game schedule in a nine-day stretch, newcomer Motolite will finally get a much-needed breather in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.
“Man, I swear, I told them it feels, ‘It’s only been one week?’ Actually eight days (sic) but gosh it feels like a month,” said head coach Air Padda after Motolite ended a four-game slump with a 25-16, 25-21, 25-18, win over BaliPure to close the first round.
The league’s newcomer had a grueling first round schedule with all of their games packed within nine days which include two back-to-back weekend matches.
“I felt like we just played a month of games,” said Padda.
Those nine days had been very stressful for the squad, dealing not only with team chemistry but also from injury woes.
Motolite lost Bosnian import Edina Selimovic to a bruised right kneecap injury after just one game and was replaced by Trinidad and Tobago’s Krystle Esdelle last Wednesday. Esdelle arrived the morning of Motolite’s Wednesday game against BanKo.
Top local hitter Myla Pablo has yet to see action this conference because of lower back injury.
“[It’s] emotionally draining, physically draining, spiritually draining, mentally draining, and now, tomorrow, they can actually just take the rest that they need,” said Padda. “Like they don’t have to think about volleyball tomorrow.”
Motolite has six days of rest before marching back to action on Sunday against PacificTown Army.
Looking into the second round, Padda will try to utilize the experience they gained in a week in their drive for a Final Four spot.
“Literally, I can reverse what I’ve said, I feel like we’ve been playing for a month already and it’s only been a week. I just felt like we can use that,” said Padda. “We had a lot of playing experience going in to our second week.”
“I’m excited. We have more experience than we did eight (sic) days ago so we just got to keep building on it,” she added. “Hopefully, Myla will be back soon. And when she gets back I know she’ll help a lot.”
On a personal note, Motolite's breakthrough win ended Padda's 22-game losing slump that started from Adamson University's third place Game 2 loss in the 2018 PVL Collegiate Conference, bridging to Adamson U-Akari's 14-game skid in the PVL Open Conference, Adamson's three straight losses in UAAP Season 81 before she was replaced by Onyok Getigan to Motolite's first four games.
“Honestly, It’s been very challenging and I expected to get a win before I did today,” she said. “So it’s kinda, mentally, it took me back to the UAAP days and I’m just trying to stay positive and try not to think about what I did or didn’t accomplish in the past.”
“I just try to focus on what I’m aspiring to do here right now and I hope the monkey’s off my back,” said Padda.
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