UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Adamson finally got one over its Season 80 nemesis
Paul Lintag on Apr 14, 2018 07:41 PM
In an emotional and trying season, the Lady Falcons basically got beat by their own selves on most games. That's why in the final outing of the year, Adamson at least wanted to beat its own worst enemy in Season 80.
Adamson University will look at UAAP Season 80 with a lot of what ifs.
The Lady Falcons played seven games that reached a deciding fifth set. They lost five.
What if Adamson won a couple more of those five-set games? The Lady Falcons are probably in the Final Four right now.
In an emotional and trying season, the Lady Falcons basically got beat by their own selves on most games.
That's why in the final outing of the year, Adamson at least wanted to beat its own worst enemy in Season 80.
In the final outing of the year, the Lady Falcons finally won against themselves, convingcingly too.
"Today I was like, you know you’re not playing UST. We’re playing the enemy that we’ve been playing the entire season, which is all of our fears, all of our doubts, the breaking under pressure, the non-consistency. All these things that people, when you think of Adamson this year, that’s what comes to mind," head coach Airess Padda said.
"And today, I was like that’s exactly who we’re playing against. It’s not just about the seniors, it’s about everyone on this team. Is this how you want to end your season? You have one more opportunity to defeat the enemy that’s beating you all-season. You have one more opportunity to do it. And man, they kicked the enemy’s ass today. The enemy we’re talking about is the stuff that I said, not UST," she added.
Coach Air's Lady Falcons smashed the Tigresses in three sets Saturday at the Blue Eagle Gym still, scoring a 25-6, 25-23, 25-23, win. Maybe that counts as two wins?
Adamson finished the season with a 6-8 record, at least one game out of the Final Four.
And while the Lady Falcons were already eliminated before the start of this game, the team still played like their chasing the playoffs.
They wanted to at least get one over their own selves. And they did.
"It was bittersweet. They were playing to get into the Final Four today and that’s the team that I wish would’ve showed up in all the other opportunities we had," Padda said.
"That’s Adamson volleyball. I’m very, very, very proud with the way they showed up today, but they knew, we told them, I know not making the Final Four was like a really, really, really big sayang. You know, heartbreaking," coach Air added.
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