PVL: Coach upset as Adamson ‘took a step back’ in loss to Perlas

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Coach Airess Padda was disappointed with the Adamson Lady Falcons’ effort against Perlas last Sunday. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Adamson University head coach Airess Padda was quite disappointed at how the Lady Falcons performed in their Premier Volleyball League (PVL) game against Perlas-BanKo on Sunday, which saw her young team lose in four sets.

The Lady Falcons got off to a slow start, dropping the first two sets, before recovering in the third frame. They led for most of the fourth set, but faded down the stretch as Perlas seized a 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21 win.

Adamson is now 0-2 in the Open Conference, but more than their record, Padda is much more dissatisfied with how they played.

“I was disappointed with how we started the match. I felt that in the first two sets, we were dead,” Padda told reporters after the contest. “We didn’t have energy, our passing was really bad, inconsistent.”

“I just told the girls that I felt they didn’t come here to win. They didn’t show up to win today,” she added.

What makes Padda even more frustrated is that the Lady Falcons played quite well in their first game of the conference against Creamline, showing great fight against the Alyssa Valdez-led Cool Smashers.

“You can’t sit here and say that was the same team that came out against Creamline on Saturday,” she lamented. 

“We wanted to build on what we did on Saturday against Creamline, and I felt like we just completely took a step back,” Padda added.

Adamson committed 33 errors in the match, 10 of which came in the first set alone. They cleaned up their acts in the third set onwards, but in the closing stretch of the game, the Lady Falcons struggled with their reception. May Roque and Jema Galanza gave up two straight aces to Nicole Tiamzon, and another poorly received ball allowed Kathy Bersola to soar for the tip that ended the match.

“I really believe the fourth set should have been ours,” said Padda, noting that they led, 13-7, in Set 4 before surrendering 12 of their next 14 points to the Perlas Spikers. “We should have been in there playing a fifth set right now.”

Padda understands that the Lady Falcons are a young team – indeed, they have a high school student in Louie Romero as their starting setter – but stressed that they should still be playing at a much higher level than they did on Sunday.

“This isn’t last year’s team,” she said bluntly, referring to the woeful Adamson squad that won only one of 14 games in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.

“I’m not satisfied with just losing in four sets. We’re capable of doing more, and they need to expect that from themselves,” she stressed.

Still, Padda is upbeat that the Lady Falcons will show signs of improvement the rest of the way in the tournament. Adamson has five games to go in its elimination round schedule, starting with a duel against the winless Power Smashers on Wednesday.

“I know without a doubt, we will grow,” said Padda. “We’re going to get better. We’re going to grow, we’re going to become more consistent.”

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