UAAP 80 Volleyball: Padda excited about return of Emnas, Paat
Mark Escarlote on Jan 27, 2018 04:57 PM
They're so open and hungry to just wanting to help the team, wanting to learn -- Adamson coach Air Padda on returning Mylene Paat and Fenela Emnas
Adamson head coach Air Padda is stoked about her Lady Falcons squad as they march into their campaign in UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament backed by a duo of returning veterans.
The sophomore mentor has at her disposal an overhauled Adamson team composed of the right mix of new faces and veterans.
With the return of setter Fenela Emnas and Mylene Paat, who both skipped the competition last year, Adamson’s hopes are high after a dismal outing in Season 79 where they ended up in last place with a 1-13 slate – the school’s worst in 15 years.
“Super excited,” said Padda of the returning duo.
Emnas was able to play for Padda during the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference where Adamson finished fourth. Paat joined the team just last month after her stint with Cignal in the Philippine Superliga.
“I think I met Fhen and Mylene right before we started our last season. They’ve kinda been like in the gym, and so I heard that they used to be on the team, they’re not anymore, and I always wanted to know why,” said Padda.
“I know Mylene wanted to focus on her pro club or whatever. I was super excited because one, I knew that they could help our team and I wanted to coach them. You know it’s always a challenge when you come to a new school and you have, you know, there’s a new coach, everyone wants to compare,” she added. “They were on the team last year (Season 78), we didn’t win, and I knew that I wanted an opportunity to be able to coach them.”
“I know for Fhen this is her last year and I just knew if we got them, it would be part of changing our culture,” Padda continued. “For them, they could just learn more. So I’m super excited.”
The mentor also praised the duo’s dedication to fit in her system.
“For one, Fhen she just works so hard. She’s a hustler. She just so happens to be a setter, which is like a double plus for us because whoever is in that position, you really want them to be someone who has the fighting spirit,” said Padda. “She’s super athtletic, really high volleyball IQ, and she’s super coachable. Like a part of me is a little worried that, you know sometimes you have players that have played so much, or like Mylene she’s playing in the pro, that they kinda have a chip on their shoulder when they come back to playing college.”
“But they’re not like that at all. They were so open and hungry to just wanting to help the team, wanting to learn. So that’s one thing that I’ve noticed about Fhen.”
“For Mylene, she’s just like, she’s surrendering herself to the team,” the mentor said. “It’s like, ‘Whatever you want me to do, coach, I’m gonna do.’ And she’s the type of players who’s always looking at me for feedback, she’s kinda like she wants to please the coach. Even though, it’s crazy, because she’s already been playing pro and she still has that type of spirit, which is so awesome about her.”
Paat and Emnas will play a vital role for the team and a big boost for the Lady Falcons, who will also bank on graduating player Jema Galanza and newcomers Chiara Permentilla and De La Salle University transferee Eli Soyud.
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