UAAP champs hope to inspire Lady Falcons
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 13, 2016 05:34 PM
Ang dapat muna nilang matutunan ay ‘yung (winning) attitude --- Angeli Tabaquero (second from left)
Former rivals Angeli Tabaquero and Michele Gumabao hope to inspire a young Adamson team as the Lady Falcons prepare for the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
Both having experienced the glory of hoisting the championship trophy during their UAAP days, Tabaquero and Gumabao will now face the challenge of molding the Lady Falcons into a winning team after two years of missing the Final Four as lieutenants of American coach Airess Padda.
“Ang dapat muna nilang matutunan ay ‘yung (winning) attitude and how to get there ang dapat nilang matutunan,” said the 27-year old Tabaquero, who led University of Sto. Tomas to the UAAP throne back in Season 69 and Season 72.
"Lahat naman nagsisimula sa sarili, na dapat naniniwala ka sa sarili mo, sa kakayahan mo," she added.
Gumabao, who won three straight titles with De La Salle from Season 73 to 75 after a runner-up finish in her rookie year against UST in Season 72, joined the team early this year together with Cherry Macatangay when Adamson was still under coach Sherwin Meneses. Still an active club player, Gumabao led Pocari Sweat to the 13th V-League Open Conference and Reinforced Conference titles and the 24-year old opposite hitter hopes that the Lady Falcons will adapt the same drive and attitude to win.
Meneses resigned from his post midway in the Season 78 and left Adamson with one of its worst seasons in school history, finishing seventh with a 3-11 record highlighted by a disappointing setback to University of the East that ended the latter's 58-game losing streak.
Padda, founder and director of the Malibu Palms Volleyball Club, with the help on an all-female coaching staff will try to steer Adamson on the right track.
“My biggest challenge is changing the mindset that have been accustomed in the past years, because they believed they are not good enough,” said Padda.
"It's about changing the culture of Adamson volleyball. Not just winning but believing," the Californian native added. "We wanted to build the legacy here. Just stay tuned."
The Lady Falcons have yet to win a UAAP title and their best finish was second place back in 2005 and 2007.
Season 79 volleyball begins February 4.