UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Padda breathes new air to Adamson
Mark Escarlote on Apr 15, 2018 01:03 AM
Adamson University head coach Air Padda's influence to her players goes beyond the volleyball court.
Adamson University head coach Air Padda received a shower of appreciation and much love from four graduating Lady Falcons at the close of their campaign in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym.
More than helping the San Marcelino-based squad slowly rediscover its winning culture, the American mentor gave an extra effort to guide her wards even outside of volleyball.
Jema Galanza, Mylene Paat, setter Fenela Emnas and libero Jellie Tempiatura shared in an emotion-filled farewell postgame interview the things Padda did that they cherished the most.
“Sobra ‘yung trust niya sa akin alam mo ‘yung kahit sobrang pasaway ko na nandyan pa rin siya and never ko siya nakita na sumuko sa akin, iba si Coach Air” said open spiker Galanza, who scored 12 points in her final game as Queen Falcon to power Adamson in a sweep of University of Sto. Tomas, 25-6, 25-23, 25-23.
Galanza also remembered how her mentor kept her confidence high especially during the months when she was recovering from a harrowing right ankle injury during last year’s Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.
“Nakakapag-open kami ng problems namin and doon sobrang laki ng natulong niya sakin lalo na nung na-injured ako. Never niya sakin ipinaramdam na hindi ako belong sa team,” said Galanza.
Paat, for her part, said that Padda helped her become an emotionally stronger and better person.
“Sobrang minold niya ako as a better person and better player inside and outside the court talaga,” said the middle blocker, who returned to Adamson after skipping Padda’s debut season.
“Dagdag ko rin, kahit na naglaro na ako sa pro, pagbalik ko sa Adamson nandoon pa rin ‘yung pagka iyakin ko. Pero naiinspire ako kay coach kasi sobrang napaka-strong niya, kaya niya labanan lahat,” Paat added. “So sa point ko naman kung ibang tao nga nagagawa ano pa ‘yung tulungan ko ‘yung sarili ko at meron ka namang coach na tumutulong sa akin. Nalalabanan ko na ‘yung feelings ko.”
Emnas, who also skipped last season before deciding to return for her swan song, shared the same sentiment.
“Ako rin minold niya ako as a better person and as a better player,” she said. “Iba si coach Air lalo sa mental namin. Nasa limit ka na gusto ka pa niya ipush kasi alam niyang may ilalabas ka pa.”
A soft-spoken and very quiet Tempiatura turned into one of the team’s vocal leader, all because of Padda.
“Sobrang laki ng naitulong niya sa akin kasi lalo na sa volleyball na ‘yung positioning lalo na sa pagsasalita kasi sobrang quiet talaga ako sa team,” she said. “She changed me na ‘yun sobrang nakakatulong din sa team ‘yung pagsasalita. Hindi lang din siya sa volleyball lalo na sa pag in real life.”
Padda started her career with Adamson last season with just one win. But within just a year she changed the Lady Falcons mindset and made them believe that they can soar high.
Though Adamson failed to secure a spot in the Final Four for the fourth straight year, the Lady Falcons’ 6-8 Season 80 win-loss record says a lot on Padda’s impact with the team.
Her return next year may still be up in the air but Coach Air’s influence surely breathe new life to Adamson.
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