American coach Airess Padda insists the Lady Falcons have yet to fully embrace her system, nine games into the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.
The Lady Falcons have 5 games left in their schedule and are in danger of closing the season without a win.
But Padda said they are willing the “pay the stiff price” of losing the remaining games of the season as long as they could lay the foundation of their program properly and prepare them for the future.
“We try to focus on reminding them that we’re in a rebuilding phase. We’re building the foundation to a new program. Everything that has happened in the last 3 or 4 years in Adamson, we are trying to get over that. It’s a new program,” Padda told FOX Sports.
“Even this season, we knew that it was gonna be hard for us to win and the goal right now is to finish laying our foundation even if it means that we don’t win a game. But I’m praying to get one.”
Padda said Adamson will have to avoid reverting to their old habits, which for the much of the season they have been doing.
“You can’t come off from NU (game) where you’re in the match and almost winning the last set like against a team who’s 5-4 (FEU). We have to use our momentum and build on it. Not go on backwards,” stressed the American, who came in to take the spot of former coach Sherwin Meneses.
“If we have competed against FEU like the second set, if all of our sets would have been like that, yes, I would have been disappointed that we lost but it’s improvement. It’s like a few more bricks on laying our foundation. But we didn’t do that.”
Adamson’s next assignment isn’t easy since the squad faces a University of Santo Tomas side that has won 4 of its last 5 games to fortify its playoff chances.
“We gotta improve against UST. We owe it to ourselves to play much better than what we’ve ever played and just improve,” she said.
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