UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Padda stands by decision to 'discipline' three starters in loss to UE
Mark Escarlote on Mar 05, 2018 08:08 AM
I mean I have morals as a coach that I have to stick to my own and when you’re not in training the whole week, you can’t just show up and play -- Adamson coach Air Padda on her decision to bench three starters in the opening set of their loss to University of the East
Adamson University head coach Air Padda doesn’t regret benching three of her best players in the opening set of the Lady Falcons’ match against University of the East Sunday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The American mentor wanted to make a point.
The Lady Warriors took advantage of Adamson sitting out Jema Galanza, Eli Soyud and rookie Chiara Permentilla in the opening set and the Lady Falcons’ penchant for throwing away points on errors to snatch a 25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-13 upset victory.
“I don’t regret it, I don’t think it was the reason why we lost,” said Padda, whose squad fell victim to a team that dropped its first six games and lost 13 in a row overall since last season.
Padda had her reasons to bench the trio, clearing that there was no intention of disrespecting UE by giving them a handicap.
The mentor said that the three skipped training the past week following the team’s four-set upset against two-time defending champion De La Salle University because of various reasons.
“Eli was sick, Jema rolled her ankle against La Salle, Chiara has been gone for family stuff so she’s back now but I still, I don’t know, I just had to make a decision and decided to give the other girls a chance,” said Padda.
She firmly stood by her decision.
“I mean I have morals as a coach that I have to stick to my own and when you’re not in training the whole week, you can’t just show up and play,” she said. “And especially if it was a personal choice or whatever came up, if you’re not doing the work in training with the team, I don’t understand how I’m just supposed to start you when other girls have been working hard, they’ve been there.”
Padda started Bernadette Flora, Le-Ann Perez and Chrislyn Uy for Galanza, Soyud and Permentilla.
“I thought the girls that played the first set Cring and Flora I don’t think that they did a bad job,” she said.
“I know everyone wanted to see Jema, Eli and Chiara but I just didn’t think it was fair as a coach I don’t wanna kill somebody’s dream, my job as a coach was to give everyone an opportunity to play ‘coz that’s what I train them for,” Padda explained. “Who would I be if I didn’t give them that opportunity, I don’t know if I could look at myself and call myself their coach so that was my decision.”
Soyud ended up with 11 points as she played in the second to fourth sets before again riding the bench in the fifth for Adamson, which gave the Lady Warriors 52 free points off errors.
Galanza and Permentilla finished with nine and eight markers, respectively.
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