Bottom-dwellers UE, Adamson battle to end slump
Mark Escarlote on Mar 05, 2017 07:46 AM
Adamson and University of the East rekindle their own 'rivalry'.
Adamson University coach Airess Padda stresses the importance of winning against University of the East on Sunday to close their campaign in the first round of eliminations of the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.
Both teams share the cellar after fruitless first six games and their 2:00 p.m. match will finally decide which team will get a respite from a long drought.
The American mentor said that a victory will not only snap Adamson’s losing skid – a total of 13 straight including their slump last year – but more importantly uplift the morale and bring back the pride of the young team that has yet to win a set this season.
“It’s so important for us to win (against UE). Not only because we haven’t won a game or a set but I really think they need validity,” said Padda. “They need something to convince them that, ‘Oh we aren’t as bad as we think we are.’”
“Because right now they feel defeated, they feel like they are at the bottom of the totem pole,” she added. “That they think they’re not worth anything else so this win is really important for them.”
The rivalry match of the bottom-dwellers will air live over S+A Channel 23 and S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
Adamson is coming off its worst beating so far of the season, 13-25, 12-25, 9-25, a week ago dealt by University of Sto. Tomas.
Padda said that her wards treat this match as their biggest game especially for team captain Jema Galanza, who was there last year when the Lady Warriors snapped their 58-game losing skid at their expense to end the season.
“I know its important to UE too that’s why this is probably our toughest match. Every other team we played I think knows, they’re more confident that they can beat us and it worked in their advantage,” said Padda. “But I think what you’re gonna see in the next match are two teams battling it out for that W.”
The Lady Warriors are coming in as the favorites because of its intact lineup and their height advantage against the relatively small Lady Falcons.
While Adamson turned out as an easy picking for their opponents in their previous games, UE gave theirs a tough time before folding.
The squad of team captain Shaya Adorador, Judith Abil, setter Roselle Baliton, Kath Arado and Mary Ann Mendrez will be the Lady Warriors’ hope to have another taste of victory.
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