UAAP Volleyball: Padda: Playing for the school is not a job like McDonald's

Philip Matel on Apr 11, 2018 07:54 PM
Padda: Playing for the school is not a job like McDonald's
Adamson Coach Air Padda was disappointed at a wasted potential Final Four run as they were eliminated by the DLSU Lady Spikers.

Following a 21-25, 15-25, 25-22, 18-25 loss against the De La Salle Lady Spikers, the Adamson Lady Falcons have been eliminated from Final Four contention for the fourth straight season. Coach Air Padda then lamented the multiple opportunities the San-Marcelino based squad had in clinching a spot in the postseason.

Padda, who came out to reporters after a lengthy conversation with the team, was left visibly dejected while talking about the what-could-have-beens. 

"To sum it up, it was basically about  how many opportunities we had this season to make our team succesful, to make the school proud, to make our management proud and to get into the Final Four," the American coach said.

"We just felt that every opportunity we have, we just didn't grab it. They just threw it away."

Padda then added that the program had not experienced a winning culture in the past five years, with the team last tasting a crack at the Final Four in Season 76, losing the playoff against eventual champs Ateneo.

The second-year coach then talked about school pride, a trait which lacked in some of her players, and compared it with other occupations young people could take.

"When you're playing for your school, it's something different. You really gotta be passionate about what you do. This isn't a job like McDonald's, you don't come in flipping burgers. What you put in is what you get out."

Talking about their penultimate game against the also-eliminated UST Golden Tigresses on Saturday, Padda looked back at a season that had seen so much promise for them, a far cry from a 1-13 record in Season 79.

She then pointed out every window of opportunity the team had, with some coming in sorry losses against UE and UP, and Ateneo, but collapsed in the fifth set on those three matches.

However, the team still had a clear but slim chance to force a playoff against fourth-seeded NU, but collapsed suddenly in the fourth set against DLSU.

"When we finally look ahead, the door that was in front of us was finally closed. I told them that if they want to finish the season like that, it's a choice they have to make."

Even though she had put her players in the hot seat, the coach ultimately put the blame on herself for "failing" her players as they went through the roller-coaster ride that was the elimination round and apologized to her wards.

"I'm the leader of the pack and I failed everybody. That's something that I'm gonna have to learn from this season where I went wrong as a coach to make sure it doesn't happen again."

With the loss, it ended her seniors' hopes of finally making the playoffs, which clearly devastated them hours after the final whistle.

Despite not being able to talk to all of her graduating players, Padda was thanked by an emotional Mylene Paat, who credited her with the skills that she has acquired with their two-year partnership.

 "People are actually looking at her now because somebody believed in her. She was just super thankful. She wants to keep fighting. She wants to win on Saturday."

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