UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Our team just couldn’t tapos -- Padda
Mark Escarlote on Mar 25, 2018 10:01 PM
Sayang! Honestly we should’ve taken care of them in the fourth. The fourth set was our set -- Adamson coach Air Padda
Adamson University was just three points away in the fourth set from claiming its first win against Ateneo de Manila University in half a decade.
The Lady Falcons had another chance seal the victory with just three markers more in the fifth frame.
Both times Adamson failed.
The San Marcelino-based squad was left stunned when the Lady Eagles rallied to steal a 24-26, 25-19, 21-25, 26-24, 15-12, win Sunday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.
“Sayang! Honestly we should’ve taken care of them in the fourth. The fourth set was our set,” said a disappointed Adamson coach Air Padda.
Adamson went up, 22-15, in the fourth set but a couple of errors coupled by Ateneo’s inspired fight back with the partisan crowd at the Lady Eagles’ back, the Lady Falcons crumbled under intense pressure.
“I guess the curse of Adamson is that we don’t have a winning culture and when you’re trying to create a winning culture our team just get too excited. They get too complacent and they feel like they’re already gonna win the game,” Padda said. “And we blow leads. We blew it in the third set thankfully we came up on top.”
“We had a lead in the fourth set a few times and our team just couldn’t tapos,” she added.
Adamson came back from a 6-11 deficit in the fifth, tying it at 11 only to come up short after Ateneo made a closing 4-1 spurt.
“I felt like the environment that we played here today was really difficult, it was hard,” Padda said. “They (players) admit it in there (dugout) that the crowd rattled them. They were unfocused.”
With the loss, the Lady Falcons slid to fifth spot with a 5-6 win-loss slate behind no. 4 National University (6-5).
Adamson will need to win all of their remaining matches against Far Eastern University, two-time defending champion De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas for a chance to advance in the Final Four.
And the Lady Falcons will have to accomplish these without rookie Chiara Permentilla, who has been ruled out of the season because of a left ankle injury.
“It’s extremely difficult. We knew coming into this game that this is a must-win for us. We’ve been approaching every game, trying to approach every game like it is a Final Four coz we’re playing to get in there,” the mentor said. “And now by losing to Ateneo not only do we need to win every game but we also put our berth into the Final Four as dependent on other teams now.
“It’s dependent on who NU loses to, if they lose. It’s dependent if FEU loses, I mean we have to depend on other teams to make mistakes,” she added. “It’s a little unsettling. It’s not a good feeling to go into the rest of the season like that but it is what it is. We’re not trying to dwell on it for too long. We got to bawi quickly and get ready for FEU.”
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