UAAP VOLLEYBALL: They didn’t respect UE and they didn’t care, they’re way too cocky -- Adamson coach Air Padda
Mark Escarlote on Mar 04, 2018 09:50 PM
I don’t know who that team was out there --- Adamson University head coach Air Padda on the Lady Falcons
Disappointing and embarrassing.
This was Adamson University head coach Air Padda’s description of the Lady Falcons’ five-set loss to University of the East Sunday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Really disappointing,” said Padda moments after Adamson dropped a shocking 22-25, 25-22, 25-14, 20-25, 13-15, loss to the erstwhile winless Lady Warriors at the end of the first round.
“Embarrassing. For me it’s embarrassing ‘coz I don’t, we don’t train them like that,” added Padda, whose squad slid to 3-4 card and lost three of their four meetings with UE in the past three seasons. “I don’t know who that team was out there.”
Adamson came into the match brimming with confidence after taking down two-time defending champion De La Salle University last week in the San Marcelino’s first win against the Lady Spikers in a decade.
Going up against a team that dropped all of its first six games and down with a 13-game losing skid, the Lady Falcons were heavily favored to win.
But errors – a total of 52 – and a surprised benching of Jema Galanza, Eli Soyud and Chiara Permentilla gave UE a chance to pull off a devastating upset.
Padda benched the trio in the opening set for skipping training. Galanza according to Padda rolled her ankle against DLSU, Soyud was sick and Permentilla had to attend some family matters.
But Padda stressed that their downfall was not because of them not starting in the first frame. Her wards just shot themselves on the foot.
“They showed up with a very weak mindset today, they were really complacent,” she said. “They didn’t respect UE and they didn’t care, they’re way too cocky. And I don’t know, the coaches were shocked, I don’t know, I’m just still trying to take in what happened.”
“I don’t understand how we made that many errors,” Padda added. “It was almost they were playing for the other team like they wanted UE to win, I don’t know.”
The Lady Falcons stayed in the locker room for more than an hour as they contemplate on their stunning loss.
Galanza was seen crying as she left the venue and no Adamson player granted an interview.
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