UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Man, it feels good! -- Padda on AdU win over FEU
Mark Escarlote on Feb 10, 2018 06:37 PM
Iím just so happy that Iím the one directing the team and for the school that weíre able to get this win against FEU -- Adamson U coach Air Padda
Adamson University coach Air Padda was just relieved that the Lady Falcons finally got the monkeys of their backs with a huge win over Far Eastern University Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Considered as this season’s dark horse, expectations are high for the Lady Falcons.
Unfortunately, Adamson started off on a wrong foot to open their campaign.
Winning their second match against perennial title contender FEU relieved the pressure off their shoulders.
The Lady Falcons eked out a 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12, win over the Lady Tams to tie their victim at 1-1 win-loss record.
Adamson's victory over FEU was their first since the first round of Season 78.
“Talaga? Grabe, wow!” said Lady Falcons American coach Air Padda when informed that it was Adamson first win against the Lady Tams in two seasons.
Padda admitted that the team was under tremendous pressure entering the season after the good showing of their men’s basketball team and the recent triumph of Adamson U Pep Squad in the Cheerdance Competition.
“You know it’s a good feeling (to win). Building up to the season, we have a lot of pressure not just from our program but you know basketball and pep squad,” she said.
“The coaches always knew that if we could just like they needed that first win, they needed a confidence booster and unfortunately last week it wasn’t against NU,” Padda added. “I think some of the players like Jema (Galanza), Fen (Emnas), Mylene (Paat), Jellie (Tempiatiura), who’s not here she has chicken pox, this means more to them because you guys have been in the program for so long.”
Adamson bttled FEU in a very tight fifth set before getting the breaks of the game midway in the frame as back-to-back errors by the Lady Tams gave them an 8-6 advantage. The Lady Falcons needed the late game heroics of Galanza to capture the victory in the two-hour, 14-minute duel.
“I’m just so happy that I’m the one directing the team and for the school that we’re able to get this win against FEU,” said Padda. “I’ve had so much respect for them (FEU) as a program but man, it feels good!”
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