Winless against FEU in the UAAP since Season 78, Adamson entered the court with extra motivation especially after a flat start of their campaign last week.
True enough, the Falcons finally took home a W against their Morayta counterparts in a sweet five-setter fashion.
For coach Air Padda, it was the immense pressure that became their motivation.
“It’s a good feeling. Going into the season, we had a lot of pressure, not just from our own program but from basketball and pep squad,” Padda told Akari Sports after copping their maiden win of the season.
It can be remembered that Adamson’s pep squad shook things up in the Cheerdance Competition when they topped perennial winners with their 80’s-inspired performance. Their men’s basketball crew, meanwhile, came agonizingly close to their first Finals appearance in many years.
“The coaches knew that we needed that first win — that confidence booster,” added Padda.
After a disappointing first game against early favorites National University, the Lady Falcons made sure to show up this time against the Lady Tamaraws. Jema Galanza finally returned to her usual scoring machine self and the team’s floor defense was there to keep them afloat for most of the game.
Padda, however, thinks that they could have gotten the win a set earlier than they actually did.
“I think in the fourth set, we kind of broke down — with our first ball, our setting.”
The Lady Falcons were leading late in the fourth frame and looked poised to end the game but a crucial non-call on Chiara Permentilla’s attack derailed Adamson which FEU pounced on to steal the set and extend the game to fifth set.
“I know right away when FEU came out strong and we were committing errors,” Padda shared.
“I think we’re pretty evenly matched with FEU but we really tried to focus on playing our game with confidence.”