Coach Air Unfiltered: You're Stronger Than You Think You Are
Paul Kennedy Lintag on May 24, 2020 08:33 AM
UAAP Season 80 was an epic test of character for the Lady Falcons and knowing what she knows now, coach Air could have told herself at the start of the season to brace for it.
(This story was originally published back in April 20, 2018)
UAAP Season 80 was a trying and emotional season for the Adamson Lady Falcons.
After winning only one game in Season 79, the Lady Falcons emerged as a dark horse contender for the Final Four.
Coach Airess Padda had her girls in position to win.
However, Adamson suffered its fair share of heartbreaking moments, causing them to miss the playoffs anew.
The stretch that highlighted Adamson's difficult season the most was the period towards the end of the first round and the start of the second.
The Lady Falcons just beat two-time defending champion De La Salle and a winning streak for a Final Four push was on the horizon.
But then Adamson dropped back-to-back games to UE and UP, both of which were five-setters. To make matters worse, the Lady Falcons lost back-to-back to Ateneo and FEU later in the second round, both of them were five-setters too.
It was an epic test of character for the Lady Falcons and knowing what she knows now, coach Air could have told herself at the start of the season to brace for it.
Not that it matters now though, but in her own words, Adamson Lady Falcons head coach Airess Padda laments on the season that was and the season that could have been.
You're Stronger Than You Think You Are
By Coach Airess Padda (as told to Paul Lintag)
I think I would tell myself don't get complacent with your players. When you're coaching and you see progress, you feel like you can move on to the next phase. With my team, it was so inconsistent that I think before I moved on to the next phase of my team, I didn't catch the backfall that some of them were having mentally, in terms of their mental toughness
That's what I would tell myself. The hard work isn't done. One success doesn't mean... you know when they say 10 steps forward and 20 steps back? I feel like that was what's happening this season. I should have... I don't know, kept a tigther whip? But yeah, I think that's it. When I saw that we were growing and we had success, the players got too complacent and sometimes I feel like maybe inside, I did a little bit too.
Maybe I was just hoping that we wouldn't have to fall back, that we can just keep moving forward.
I feel like this whole season, our enemy has been fears, doubts, inconsistency, and not feeling like we're good enough. Every single match we show up, and we wanna win. In the matches we don't win it's like, those things are the ones that beat us. [Against UST] they had one last opportunity to kick ass, to kick the enemy's ass, all those things that caused us to topple in a match, and we made it about that. Because I didn't want them to leave here being defeated. It's one thing to end the season not making the Final Four, it's another one feeling like you're defeated, I didn't want that to happen.
For next season, I would tell myself that I need to pick my head up now. Because everything in me wants to break down, to cry, because a part of me feels like a failure. But I would tell myself that you're not a failure and you have a very bright future ahead of you. You are on the verge of turning the program around and a winning culture whether you can see it or not, has been instilled. There's footsteps, there's seeds growing there so just stay strong and believe in yourself. You're stronger than you think you are.
"You can't replace players like that."— ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 15, 2018
The Adamson Lady Falcons bid an emotional farewell to their seniors Jema Galanza, Mylene Paat, and Fhen Emnas, but they made sure they ended their collegiate careers in style ???? #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/BxlTxcxht1
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