'We're not a deadbeat team' -- Coach Air on Adamson's UAAP 81 campaign

Philip Matel on Feb 17, 2019 06:51 PM
'We're not a deadbeat team' -- Coach Air on ADU's UAAP 81
Ultimately, it was Adamson's inexperience that dragged them to a deflating 6-15 loss against a much more focused UST side.

Coach Air Padda assures that the Adamson Lady Falcons won't be the doormats of the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament, following a tight five-set loss against the UST Golden Tigresses.

Her girls were able to muster a comeback after being buried in consecutive 21-25 losses. However, they took a big lead, lost it, then regained it once more to have two 26-24 set wins and forced a deciding fifth set.

Ultimately, it was Adamson's inexperience that dragged them to a deflating 6-15 loss against a much more focused UST side.

"It's always rough when you lose a fifth set. like the first game, everyone wants to like not give up, but failure is already there before we actually failed this game 1. I was so proud of them. And, that to me is what Adamson volleyball is about," said Padda after the game.

The American mentor also praised the setting of rookie NIkka Yandoc, who was able to somehow deliver in a sizeable crowd of 15,400 at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday afternoon.

Although not efficient at 34 excellent sets against 124 total attempts, Yandoc was able to spearhead Adamson's comeback bid, especially in the home stretch of the third and fourth frames.

Overall, Yandoc orchestrated all of the team's 34 excellent sets, which yielded to a big percentage of the Lady Falcons' 41 attack points overall, not bad for a debuting setter. 

"She's the only rookie setter in the UAAP that is the starting setter. This is the first time she played in a crowd like this. It was big for her. I think she was really scared. And she really didn't know what she was capable of doing. But, with her progress, I think she's going to get better and better," Padda said of her young ward.

With another challenging game, this time against three-time defending champs DLSU Lady Spikers on Saturday, the mentor is relieved that her young team are being challenged this early against formidable squads.

"I'd much rather them to play right now than to play in the middle of the season. Because right now, I think we're at a high. Even if we do lose [Saturday], we just know that all of our weaknesses are exposed early so we could build," Padda explained.

 

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