PVL champions Adamson and MVP Trisha Genesis eager to carry momentum into UAAP Season 82

Santino Honasan on Feb 06, 2020 02:44 PM
Adamson, Genesis eager to carry PVL momentum into UAAP 82
“Sobrang excited ko na mag-laro, na makaharap yung iba’t-ibang teams para sa UAAP, and alam ko naman na malaki yung tiwala na binibigay ng Adamson community, and ayaw kong sayangin yung tiwala na binibigay nila sa amin and yung pag-suporta nila sa amin sa lahat ng ginagawa namin.” (Photo: Josh Albelda)

Adamson University Lady Falcons sophomore Trisha Genesis will be the first to tell you that her debut season in the UAAP was, less than memorable, to say the least. 

A touted prospect out of the Holy Rosary College of Sta. Rosa in Laguna, Genesis was rarely used as a rookie, and this lack of opportunity to showcase her skills on the court became reason for self-doubt. 

“Nu'ng UAAP kasi hindi talaga ako nabigyan ng chance na makapaglaro every game. Kung makakapaglaro, kung maipapasok, saglit lang, tapos labas agad, so sobrang nakakababa ng self-confidence yun,” Genesis admitted to ABS-CBN Sports. 

It became so bad that at times, Genesis wished her number wouldn’t be called at all. 

“Hindi ko alam kung ano yung nangyari sa akin noon na kada-game namin sa UAAP parang ayaw ko na maglaro, 'wag niyo na lang ako ipasok kasi wala naman ako naitutulong.” 

Instead of letting a weak rookie season in the UAAP get her down however, the Physical Education major decided to turn things around, and the 2019 Collegiate Conference of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) was the perfect avenue to make some changes. 

“Yun yung binago ko nung PVL. Tapos na yung UAAP, tapos na yung parang pagpapa-parusa sa akin nung year na yun, kasi sobra talaga yung nagawa sa akin, panay negative, kaya nung PVL hindi ko talaga sinayang yung pagkakataon,” Genesis said. 

Turn things around she did, as the incoming second-year open spiker led the Lady Falcons to a 2019 PVL Collegiate Conference Championship and took home Most Valuable Player honors. 

“Kinausap ko yung sarili ko, sabi ko na hindi ako ‘to, yung UAAP na ako, hindi ako ito, hindi ito yung pinag-training ko buong high school ko, hindi lang ako hanggang dito, kaya ko pa na mas-beyond nung pinakita ko nung UAAP. Kung ano man yung pangit na pinakita ko, mas mayroon pang hihigit doon para sa akin,” Genesis stated. “Yun lang yung inisip ko, and yung mga tao na nag-turo sa akin and magtuturo pa sa akin na hindi bumigay, na hindi nag-give up sa akin.”

For Genesis, the title run and the MVP nod was just her going back to her old self, her real self, so to speak. 

“Naibalik ko kung ano talaga ako, kung ano talaga yung gusto ko ipakita, kasi alam ko yung mga tao na kumuha sa akin, yun yung tingin nila sa akin noon, kaya nila ako kinuha. Yun yung naibalik ko na nawala sa first season ko sa UAAP.”

More than just rediscovering herself and the talents that made her a prospect in the UAAP, Genesis also helped the Lady Falcons gain a bit of swagger heading into Season 82. 

In Season 81, the Lady Falcons finished in last place, managing just two wins in 14 matches. In the PVL Collegiate Conference, they went 5-0 in the Preliminary Round before beating College of Saint Benilde in three matches in the semifinals and sweeping University of Santo Tomas in two matches in the finals. 

“Mas naniniwala ako na kaya namin, naniniwala kaming lahat na kaya namin, and nung PVL maraming nagsasabi nga na hindi siya kagaya ng UAAP, pero competition parin yun, yung mga teams na nakalaban doon, malalakas, may strategy din, and may kanya-kanyang strengths, so yun, hindi pupwede sabihin na ‘PVL lang’, ‘PVL pa rin’ para sa amin.”

“Hindi man siya kagaya ng UAAP, isa parin siyang opportunity para mag-excel,” Genesis added. 

Now, more than ever, the race in the UAAP Women’s Volleyball tournament is wide open, and the reigning PVL Collegiate Conference champions have one of their best shots to make it into the Final Four, or perhaps even the finals. 

For Genesis, it’s just a matter of believing in themselves and believing in what they’ve trained for these past few months. 

“Gusto ko lang sabihin na we believe every game kaya naming manalo or kaya naming pakitaan ng magandang games.”

“Ipakita lang kung ano yung laro namin, yung laro nila, kung ano yung pinag-hihirapan sa training, kung ano yung hirap na nararanasan nila sa training, i-apply every game, kasi sa totoo lang, mas mahirap yung training kaysa sa game, kasi lahat ng bagay na magagawa, nandun sa training,” she continued. 

With her confidence at an all-time high, Genesis can’t wait to get back on the court for Season 82 so that she can show what she and the rest of the Lady Falcons are all about. 

“Sobrang excited ko na mag-laro, na makaharap yung iba’t-ibang teams para sa UAAP, and alam ko naman na malaki yung tiwala na binibigay ng Adamson community, and ayaw kong sayangin yung tiwala na binibigay nila sa amin and yung pag-suporta nila sa amin sa lahat ng ginagawa namin.”

The goal for the Lady Falcons is a spot in the semifinals, something that’s eluded them since UAAP Season 77.

“Siyempe [ang goal namin is] mag-final four, tapos every game maipakita kung ano yung meron kami, mailabas kung ano talaga yung Adamson.”

 

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