UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Adamson embraces inner Wakandian

Mark Escarlote on Feb 24, 2018 09:39 PM
UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Adamson embraces inner Wakandian
Call them the Adamson University Lady Wakandians if you will.

Don’t get surprised when you see Adamson players doing the ‘Wakanda Forever’ salute as seen in the movie Black Panther for the rest of the season.

Lady Falcons Black-American head coach Air Padda saw the movie and used it as part of her pregame talk to pump up her team when they faced the two-time defending champion De La Salle University on Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.    

Without any intention of spoiling the blockbuster Marvel movie, Padda wanted her team to be as empowered as the women in Wakanda as they face the challenge of taking down a team that has been dominating Adamson for a decade.

Eli Soyud, Mylene Paat, Joy Dacoron and Jema Galanza channeled their inner Wakandian warrior spirit and with their arms crossed close to their chests celebrated the Lady Falcons’ stunning 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22 win over the Lady Spikers at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.      

“Eli maybe was the only one who has seen the movie, so I explained to them before about the Wakanda tribe and how there’s nothing but badass women protecting the king. You notice that all of their bodyguards are women,” said Padda before suddenly stopping as to avoid acting as a spoiler to reporters who have yet to see the movie.

Padda wanted her players to use the movie as inspiration inside the court.

It didn’t take long for her players to use the ‘Wakanda Forever’ salute whenever they score points.

“(In the movie) yhe women protecting the king, they’re so badass,” said Padda. “I mean they’re just empowering so I just told them to embrace that, embody that so that I can use it.”

The Lady Falcons showed it when they made a telling run to turn a 5-9 deficit in the fourth set into a 17-10 cushion on their way to breaking a 10-year losing slump over DLSU.

It was Adamson’s first win over the Taft-based squad after the Lady Falcons submitted the Lady Spikers in Season 70 when the Rissa Laguilles and Angela Benting-led Adamson squad defeated the Carla Llaguno and Jacq Alarca-bannered Lady Spikers, 23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-16, on January 23, 2008.



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