I think we deserved it -- Adamson coach Padda on win
Mark Escarlote on Apr 05, 2017 08:23 PM
The only way to repay your coach back is by going out there and actually performing and doing all the things that we teach them. It took us 13 games, but we finally got it together -- Adamson coach Air Padda
Adamson coach Airess Padda held back her tears and gave her top hitter Jema Galanza a very tight hug as reporters huddleD in front of them inside the press room of the FilOil Flying V Centre for the Lady Falcons’ only winning post-game interview in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball.
A few moments before, Padda breathed a sigh of relief as Adamson finally found a way to capture the precious win after 14 tries.
The Lady Falcons closed their campaign with a 25-15, 25-19, 25-15 win over the University of the East Lady Warriors Wednesday to snap a 20-game losing skid since the second round of last season.
The American mentor at last tasted victory.
And she celebrated it by jumping around and exchanging high fives with her assistant coaches Angeli Tabaquero, Cherry Macatangay and Michele Gumabao.
“I'm just so proud of you guys, you have no idea,” Padda in a cracked voiced said.
Galanza and Joy Dacoron delivered the scoring punch for the Lady Falcons, scoring 15 and 10 points, respectively. Four other players contributed points while Galanza led Adamson’s solid floor defense with 18 digs and 12 service receptions.
“Well, I mean it feels good. I think, man, we needed this one. We told the girls: What sounds better, 0-14 or 1-13? That one, I know it might not sound like much, but the one was equivalent to like ten for us, because we just wanted it so badly for them,” said Padda. “All of our hard work that we've been putting in the whole season, nine months ago, ten months ago, today we just wanted them to really represent them and fight for them.”
It was much-deserved win for the Lady Falcons, who through the course of the elimination round received numerous whippings from stronger and more seasoned teams.
The victory also served as a revenge to the Lady Warriors who defeated them in their previous two meetings. UE and Adamson both closed the season with 1-13 records.
“It wasn't about proving to anyone else that we were good enough. I don't believe that we went into this game wanting to beat UE because we were necessarily better than them,” Padda said.
“We wanted to win this because I think we deserved it. I'm proud of them. The coaches are really proud,” she added. “The only way to repay your coach back is by going out there and actually performing and doing all the things that we teach them. It took us 13 games, but we finally got it together.”
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