UAAP VOLLEYBALL: We almost lost the (5th) set because of the bad refs -- Adamson coach Padda

Mark Escarlote on Mar 18, 2018 06:37 PM
Padda calls out 'bad refs' in tight win over UE
I do believe we almost lost the set because of the bad refs, that's what I do believe -- Adamson coach Air Padda

Adamson University head coach Air Padda didn’t hold back as she called out the judgment made by the ‘bad refs’ that she thought almost cost them the game.

The Lady Falcons snapped a two-game slide with a 19-25, 25-11, 16-25, 25-16, 15-12, revenge win over University of the East to keep their 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Final Four hopes Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

But a certain non-call late in the fifth set ticked her off.

“I thought the team did a good job fighting, especially in the fifth set, not letting UE go on point runs and keeping the lead,” said Padda before changing her tone as she criticized the officials.

“I do believe we almost lost the set because of the bad refs, that's what I do believe,” she said.

National referees Angelo Haw and Romulo Reforsado officiated the rematch.

Adamson improved to 4-5 win-loss record but Padda thought the referees almost ruined their bounce back win on a non-call late in the fifth set.

The Lady Falcons were protecting a one-point lead, 12-11, during the stretch that the Lady Warriors were making a furious comeback. Le-Ann Perez pounded an attack to stop their bleeding and the Lady Falcons were already hugging and celebrating when the officials allowed the play to go on.

UE hitter Judith Abil made a pancake save on Perez’s attack and the Lady Warriors were able to run a transition offense. The Lady Falcons got a lucky break when Lai Bendong overset her pass to Mary Anne Mendrez, who before the play scored back-to-back hits in UE’s three straight points to cut a 12-8 deficit.         

“There was no pancake,” said Padda, who didn’t hide her disappointment with the officiating. “Clearly, the ball was down.”

“She wasn't even close to getting a pancake. How do you call that a pancake?” said Padda. “Thank God we got the point, but if we hadn't gotten the point, what would have happened?”

The mentor even cited the officiating that led to the Lady Falcons’ 18-25, 25-14, 19-25, 25-21, 14-16, a week ago.  

“I do believe we lost the fifth set to UP because of the refs,” she said. “I do believe there was two controversial calls that you can't make those calls in the fifth set. You need to be perfect as a ref. And I believe the fifth set loss against UP was because of them.”  

“You cannot do that in the fifth set, and it pisses me off, it does,” Padda added. “Because I'm not saying I have all the respect in the world for the refs out here, but during a fifth set, you can't let stuff like that go.”



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