UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL: Adamson bashers push Paat to make a comeback

Mark Escarlote on Jan 27, 2018 09:17 PM
UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL: AdU bashers push Paat to make a comeback
Nakaka-frustrate lang marinig na maraming nagda-down sa Adamson dahil sa standings namin -- returning Adamson Lady Falcon Mylene Paat

Mylene Paat clearly remembers the moment that made her decide to return to the Adamson University Lady Falcons for the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.

“Mga a year after (ko umalis), noong nakita kong naglalaro 'yung Adamson sa UAAP, nagkaroon ako ng goosebumps, naramdaman ko na kailangan kong bumalik at patunayan na may igagaling pa 'yung Adamson,” said the graduating middle.

Paat left Adamson in 2016 and brought her trade in the commercial league.  

“Noong umalis ako sa Adamson, nagpaalam ako nang maayos sa mga pari, sa team, sa Akari. At that time, gusto ko mag-focus na maglaro ng pro at mag-work na lang muna. Graduate naman na ako so 'yun 'yung sinabi ko sa sarili,” she explained.

But even after quitting the disjointed Lady Falcons after a shaky Season 78 when then head coach Sherwin Meneses resigned from his post midway into the tournament, Paat kept track of Adamson’s campaign the following year.

It was a disastrous Season 79 for the San Marcelino-based squad. The Lady Falcons lost all of their first 13 games before snapping their slump with a win against University of the East.

A 1-13 win-loss record – the school’s worst in 15 years – relegated Adamson to the bottom.     

“Nakaka-frustrate lang marinig na maraming nagda-down sa Adamson dahil sa standings namin,” recalled Paat. “Mas nakaka-frustrate kasi alam kong kaya ko pang tumulong sa kanila.”

Paat, together with another returnee in setter Fenela Emnas, slowly tried to get back into the team and found coach Air Padda as a no nonsense mentor that could help her develop her skills further. 

“Noong una, kumukuha muna ako ng time hanggang sa nakiki-training na ako sa kanila. Nakikita ko 'yung jelling nila. Naabutan ko din 'yung mga umalis ng Lady Falcons, narinig ko 'yung concerns nila. Nakita ko kung paano mag-coach si coach Padda,” she said. “Sabi ko kahit nasa pro league ako, kahit magagaling na 'yung coaches na humawak sa akin, noong nakita ko 'yung training ni coach Air, alam kong talagang gagaling pa ako sa kanya. Kahit hard training siya, nasa tao naman 'yung kung tatanggpin nila.”

“Unang training ko pa lang kay coach Padda, kasali na agad ako doon sa mga parusa pag di tama 'yung ginawa mo. Siyempre, sprint lang ako,” Paat added. “Kita mo agad na gusto talaga ni coach na gumaling ka. Parang may pake talaga siya sa ilalaro mo. Gusto ko 'yung style niya. Isa-isa talaga siya mag-coach at detalyado siya sa mga kailangan mong i-improve.”

“Masaya nga ako kasi tinanggap nila ako kahit di ako makapag-training agad sa kanila kasi may commitments pa ako sa Cignal (sa Philippine Superliga). Na-realize ko na kung di man skills ang pinakama-contribute ko, kahit sa maturity na lang.”

 

 

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