They got really, really scared -- Adamson coach Padda
Mark Escarlote on Feb 05, 2017 05:13 PM
The first game was a huge reality check for the girls -- Adamson University coach Airess Padda
Adamson University coach Airess Padda admitted that her very young team folded under tremendous pressure against an experienced squad in the University of the Philippines.
“The first game was a huge reality check for the girls,” said Padda, moments after Adamson’s 18-25, 11-25, 18-25, beating at the hands of the Lady Maroons to start its campaign in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome Sunday.
“It was almost like somebody had slapped us in the face and now they’re like ‘This is what’s it gonna be,’” she added.
The American mentor could only do so much for a squad composed mostly of inexperienced players coming from the Lady Falcons’ Team B last year.
Padda has at her disposal only who have at least three years of experience playing in the league and with veteran hitters Jema Galanza and Joy Dacoron struggling on offense, Adamson became easy prey for the Diliman-based squad.
Galanza scored only six points, all coming from kills, while Dacoron only had four markers.
“I know our game experience is gonna be a huge battle for us this year, but I knew coming into this game that we’re working with a lineup of two returners, half of the team is B Team,” said Padda, founder and director of the Malibu Palms Volleyball Club. “They’ve been on the B Team for two years and today was the first day they stepped on the court.
“It was big for them and I feel like a lot of them, they got really, really scared and they just didn’t know how to recover from that,” she added.
The San Marcelino-based squad had no answer to the Lady Maroons relentless attacks and were terrible at reception after giving away 15 aces to UP.
Adamson committed 25 errors and just could not pull the trigger on offense.
But still Padda saw a silver lining in their defeat.
“Even though we lost we learned a big lesson today and I know this is not something I want them to sit and beat themselves up,” she said. “We have FEU on Wednesday and that’s gonna be our focus.”
“If we show up like we did today, we’re gonna get our butts kicked again,” added Padda.
Now its just up to the Lady Falcons how they will bounce back after this defeat.
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