By Amabelle Coleen San Pedro
Adamson might have maintained their winning streak in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Collegiate Conference, but head coach Airess Padda expressed disappointment over the team’s “chicken” performance against UP on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
By mounting a series of long rallies, forcing consecutive and having four of its players producing in double digits, the Diliman-based squad did not allow the Lady Falcons’ fourth win in the league to go off without a hitch.
In fact, despite having the first frame go in Adamson’s favor, the Lady Maroons displayed a snappy comeback in their second set by posting 10 unanswered points.
But the combined efforts of Eli Soyud and Bern Flora were enough for the Lady Falcons to edge their opponents in the close fight, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24, against UP, securing Adamson’s playoff ticket for the Final Four seat.
For Padda, the team could have played better.
“We don’t train our team to be chicken. And I felt like we were playing very chicken today,” Padda said. “I’m disapppointed because we trained you (hitters) to be fearless.”
The American coach akcnowledged the great offense flaunted by UP’s Isa Molde and Marian Buitre on court which seemed to be often left unanswered by her team.
“Honestly, I don’t know how we won because UP, they were really consistent. They were hitting great. It didn’t look like we’re firing back at them so it was disappointing,” she added.
With the win, Adamson now sits next to University of Santo Tomas atop the league’s standings at 4-0.
The two undefeated teams will be facing each other on Saturday, August 18, at the same venue.