UAAP Season 82: Adamson U Lady Falcons adapting to change
Mark Escarlote on Feb 06, 2020 01:48 PM
Adamson University is under a new coach, system and a promising batch of rookies but will it bring change to a team that has been struggling the past years?
The last three years have been rough for Adamson University especially last season when the Lady Falcons ended up with just two wins to finish dead last.
Now Adamson is looking at a fresh start in UAAP Season 82 as they field in young bloods who are raring to show their talents and to complement the key returnees in what could be a promising year for the Lady Falcons.
Adamson was rocked last year by coaching changes just three games into the season when Air Padda was replaced by Onyok Getigan, whose tenure lasted only until the end of Season 81.
Lerma Giron is now calling the shots for Adamson and her system seems to fit well with the Lady Falcons. Adamson also tapped the services of multi-titled head coach Tai Bundit, who steered Ateneo de Manila University to back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015, as trainer, making the Lady Falcons one of the pre-season favorites this year.
Add to that the morale-boosting title conquest of Adamson in the Premier Volleyball League and the fruitful Thailand training camp and the Lady Falcons could be aiming for a legitimate shot at a Final Four stint for the first time in six years.
Still, Giron wants to temper expectations as her team remains a relatively young crew.
“Walang changes na madali, walang changes na instant. May phase sa change, if you’re having a new system may phase doon na talagang nasa transition,” she said.
“I can say na until now nasa transition kami pero nakalampas na kami sa introduction,” Giron added. “Medyo medyo nakaka-adapt na kami kahit kaunti.”
Adamson saw the departure of veterans Eli Soyud and Joy Dacoron. Do-it-all spiker Bern Flora will forgo her final year while hitter Chiara Permentilla is still recovering from a left knee injury she sustained while playing for Marinerang Pilipina in the Philippine Superliga last July, but new recruits and the more mature holdovers are expected to make an impact this year.
Leading the pack is sophomore Trisha Genesis, who had a forgettable rookie year battling injuries and minutes. The power-hitter gave a glimpse of her potential during the pre-season, averaging 16.9 points per game and copping the conference MVP award in the PVL.
Backing her up this year are other returnees Ceasa Pinar, Thang Ponce, MJ Igao and Krich Macaslang.
Adamson rookies led by prized setter Louie Romero, Lorene Toring and Rizza Cruz will be put to the test if they will deliver the same performance they had in the pre-season.
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Louie Romero (Photo: Josh Albelda)
Exciting rookies are bringing in a ray of hope for the Lady Falcons. But attention will be focused on playmaker Louie Romero.
The setter from Kings’ Montessori School turned heads when she averaged 6.75 excellent set per frame and was named Finals MVP in the PVL.
Even as a rookie, she’s playing a big role as a leader inside the court.
Her challenge is to perform under tremendous pressure and to utilize the full arsenal of the Lady Falcons under a new system.
“Still in the process pa din, kasi nga bagong sistema,” said Romero. “Adapt lang ng adapt kung ano yung makakatulong sa team.”
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