With Adamson unable to find its footing through the first four games of Season 79, coach Air Padda tinkered with her starting lineup.
Bringing in Lynne Matias and Zonxi Dahab to replace Chumcee Caole and Joy Dacoron in the first six, however, didn’t make an immediate impact as the Lady Falcons lost their fifth straight match at the hands of La Salle last Wednesday.
Padda offered an insight into the sudden rotation change.
“Honestly, I just really got tired of giving out free playing time,” she said post-match. “I want girls out there that are gonna compete and they’re gonna give 110% effort.”
While Caole has been delivering solid numbers, Dacoron has been a disappointment so far, as most of her attacks have not threatened defenses at all.
Matias, meanwhile, impressed Padda after posting 26 excellent sets right in her first start.
“She stepped in tonight and did a really good job,” said the American mentor. “She gave a really good effort so I think she played well.”
Also catching Padda’s fancy was libero Thang Ponce, who played the entire second set and parts of the third frame.
“I’ve always thougt Thang has been one of our better liberos,” she said. “She and Jellie (Tempiatura) have been fighting everyday, but I thought it was the time to give her a chance and I thought she passed well.”
And as Adamson tries to breathe life into its sagging campaign, Padda warned that there will be more changes moving forward.
She also prodded on her players to take advantage of the opportunity by giving it their all on the court.
“There’s no more free playing time,” she stressed. “They’re gonna have to earn it. There’s definitely gonna be a lot of changes going on.”