With both teams still winless, expect this weekend’s matchup between Adamson and UE to be a slugfest.
This is what Lady Falcons mentor Air Padda said as the San Marcelino side revs up for the March 5 battle at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“I’m pretty sure UE’s coach feels that his team hasn’t performed to what they are capable of doing,” she said. “I feel the same way. I think you’re gonna see in the next match are two teams really battling it out for the W.”
The Lady Warriors have lost 64 of their last 65 games, with their lone victory coming at the expense of, ironically, Adamson in the two teams’ last tiff in Season 78.
Both squads are at 0-6 heading into the tailend of the first round, but the Lady Falcons remain the only team that hasn’t won a set in the tournament so far.
For a change, UE will have the upper hand when it comes to experience, as the crew of coach Francis Vicente has a bevy of juniors and seniors in its roster. Ceiling is on the Recto team’s side, too.
“I’ve been watching them. They’re tall, they have the height,” said Padda. “They’re able to slow down a lof of these balls that are coming from other teams with great hitters. They’re a tough competitor just like everyone else.”
That is why the American mentor and her assistant coaches Michele Gumabao, Angge Tabaquero and Cherry Macatangay have been hard at work to devise a strategy against the Lady Warriors.
“It’s gonna be another week of tough practices in training,” she said. “Maybe I need to be harder than I’ve been going.”