ADAMSON LADY FALCONS: Out to soar higher
Mark Escarlote on Jan 28, 2017 02:09 PM
Adamson is ready to soar higher.
Adamson is looking to move to a new direction under a new system and with a mix of veterans and young bloods all raring to soar higher in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
Top hitter Jema Galanza is playing her fourth year with the Lady Falcons, hoping to lead Adamson back to the top four and erase last season’s disappointing seventh place finish with only three wins.
After parting ways with coach Sherwin Meneses in the middle of last season, the San Marcelino-based squad tapped the services of American mentor Airess Padda and injected an all-female coaching staff with former UAAP stars Michele Gumabao, Cherry Macatangay and Angeli Tabaquero.
Padda, founder and director of the Malibu Palms Volleyball Club, will try to steer Adamson, which has yet to win a title, 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. We wanted to build the legacy here. Just stay tuned."
Aside from Galanza other key returnees are Mary Joy Dacoron, Jellie Tempiatura, Anwarlyn Mohammad and Bernadeth Flora.
These seniors will have a bigger role this season after the departures of Erika Alkuino and setter Fenela Emnas plus Mylene Paat deciding to forego her last year of eligibility. May Roque is forced to skip this season and watch from the sidelines after suffering a knee injury.
Young playmaker Chumcee Caole will be tested filling the void left by Emnas while the newcomers are all expected to contribute for the cause.
However, much of the pressure of carrying the team is on Galanza’s shoulders.
And she is ready to take on the role.
“Natsa-challenge ako kasi ang daming nagi-expect na ako nga ang magdadala sa team,” said Galanza, who averaged 13 points per game last year. “Pero siyempre ayaw ko naman na ako lang, gusto ko sila rin kasi hindi lang naman ngayon to eh madami pang panahon na maglaro sila. ‘Yung fino-focus ko sila na maging leader sa sarili nila and sa team din.”
“Sinasabi ko sa kanila na mag-ready rin kayo kasi napapagod rin ako kumbaga kasi kailangan ko rin ang tulong niyo kasi nga ang daming nage-expect,” she added.
Adamson’s opening game is on February 5 at 2:00 p.m. against last year’s fourth place team University of the Philippines.
Catch the UAAP Season 79 women's volleyball tournament starting February 4, Saturday live on S+A, S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream.
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