Ready to Soar: The Adamson Lady Falcons set their sights on returning to glory
Santino Honasan on Jan 24, 2016 03:31 PM
“Isa na masasabi kong strength namin sa ngayon, siguro mas buo kami, at mas malakas yung loob namin na harapin yung kung sino ma na makakalaban namin.” - team captain Mylene Paat
Number of Women’s Volleyball Titles: 0
Best Finish: Runners-Up (Season 68, Season 70)
Season 77 record: 5-9 (7th)
Head coach: Sherwin Meneses
The Adamson Lady Falcons’ seventh place finish in Season 77 may look forgettable, but in fact, they weren’t far off from cracking the Final Four. In fact, they were only a couple of games away from competing in the post-season.
That was last year. A new season is just around the corner, and for the Lady Falcons, they surely want a change for the better.
For starters, they’ll be heading into Season 78 without the services of key graduates Amanda Villanueva and Marlene Cortel, as well as Faye Guevara and Princess Listana.
Suiting back up will be second-year standouts Mylene Paat, Jel Tempiatura, Jessica Galanza, third year setter Fem Emnas, and fourth-year hitter Erika Alkuino, who showed last season that she could be a spark for the Lady Falcons.
“Marami po silang nawala from last season, maraming nawalang seniors, but then, marami ding pumalit na mga bago. Tiwala naman kami na kaya nila, at kakayanin naming lahat.” Paat told ABS-CBN Sports.
As Paat said, the Season 78 squad will feature five rookies, all of whom will need to step up if the Lady Falcons want to realize their goal of making it back into the Final Four.
“Goal namin ngayon is unang-una, siyempre maka-balik dun sa Final Four,” Paat said. “Hangga’t maari, hindi lang sa Final Four, mas higitan pa namin, yun yung pinaka-goal talaga ng team ngayon.”
Among the fresh faces from the Lady Falcons, Paat said that outside hitter Bernadette Flora is one to watch for. According to the sophomore team captain, Flora is a dependable second-stringer who can come up big especially when the situation calls for it.
Despite boasting a pretty young core, Paat believes that the Lady Falcons are in the top-three of the pack and she believes that this year will feature a more united and more confident team.
“Isa na masasabi kong strength namin sa ngayon, siguro mas buo kami, at mas malakas yung loob namin na harapin yung kung sino ma na makakalaban namin.”
Can coach Sherwin Meneses, Paat, and the rest of the Lady Falcons dig deeper and soar back into the Final Four?
Upside: Floor and net defense. What these girls lack in height compared to other teams they make up with their decent floor defense. Adamson placed second to Ateneo last year in reception and fourth in digs. Libero Tempiatura and Galanza are back to protect the floor.
Amazingly, the Lady Falcons were second in blocks just behind the 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago-led National University. Paat is again expected to play the role of sentinel in front of the net.
Downside: Consistency. With basically a young line up with five rookies, this is something head coach Meneses and the girls themselves should address.
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