UAAP VOLLEYBALL: 'Wag natin payagan na ganyan ang pinagsasabi ng iba sa UST -- Rondina

Mark Escarlote on Feb 18, 2018 09:45 PM
Padda's comments motivated UST in sweep of Adamson
University of Sto. Tomas got its motivation in their emphatic sweep of Adamson University from a comment made by Lady Falcons coach Air Padda.

University of Sto. Tomas came to the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Sunday motivated to beat Adamson University.

The Tigresses apparently reacted to Lady Falcons coach Air Padda’s comments on Sisi Rondina carrying UST’s scoring load alone with raised brows.

Days before their match, UST players were able to watch the postgame video posted by ABS-CBN SPORTS.

It fueled their desire to rebound from a painful four-set loss to Ateneo de Manila University a week ago. They wanted to defeat Adamson and prove that UST is not a one-woman team.

The Tigresses did it by making in a straight-set 25-9, 31-29, 25-19 statement win over the Lady Falcons to tie their victim, Ateneo and Far Eastern University at 2-2 win-loss records. 

“Pinanood namin yun eh. Sinabi ko na 'O papayag ba kayo d'yan?' said Rondina, who scored 22 points.

“'Hindi, walang ganoon na mangyayari. Kinakailangan natin, team effort pa rin. And wag nating payagan na ganun yung pinagsasabi ng iba sa UST,' yun ang sinabi ko sa kanila,” added Rondina.

Head coach Kungfu Reyes liked how his wards responded to the call especially since playing short-handed with Fil-Italian Milena Alessandrini (shoulder) and libero Rica Rivera (knee) out for weeks because of injuries.  

“’Yun naman, nag-respond naman sila sa mga nawala. Nag-step up. And thankful din kami sa mga write-up, nabasa din nila 'yung ano ni Coach Air, regarding na talagang ano, hindi kakayanin ng isang tao,” said Reyes. “So, mas naging ano sila... naniniwala na rin sila sa sinasabi naming. Sabi ko nga nung first game namin, 28 points is nothing kung iisa lang ang gagalaw.”

“This time, yung nabasa nga nila, na at least galing na sa ibang coaches kung paano talaga i-evaluate yung team namin, ‘Sisi's team’, hindi talaga mananalo. Ngayon, nag-respond sila sa kung ano 'yung nabasa namin from ABS-CBN na interview kay Coach Air,” he added. “So okay yun, ang ganda ng response ng player, na 'Oo nga, tama nga sila coach.' At least coming from the opponent na, nagi-evaluate sa amin. So positively, maganda ang naging response ng mga player.”

Asked for her comments on UST’s motivation to beat them, Padda responded, “So I helped them, huh?”

 

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