Going up against the same team that put their PVL campaign to a screeching halt just a few months ago, coach Air Padda and her Lady Falcons were determined to take one back and snatch their first win against FEU in two seasons.
Adamson did took home the W in a thrilling five-setter but Padda couldn’t help but be mesmerized of FEU’s Bernadeth Pons.
Pons, who has been the face of the Lady Tamaraws for a while now, put up a team-high 22 markers and added 16 digs. While she wasn’t able to convert those numbers to a win against the gritty Falcons, it was enough for Padda to shower praises on the Talisay City-native.
“Obviously, Pons is one of the deadliest players in the UAAP and I always say she is one of my favorites,” Padda shared in the post game interview.
However, there was a job to be done for Padda and her wards as they gun for their maiden win in Season 80.
“It was never about stopping her, we just tried to handle her as best as we can, and we really tried to focus on playing our game with confidence,” Padda said.
Although they weren’t able to totally shut Pons down, the Falcons did enough on the offensive end to outshadow Pons’ good performance for FEU.
Jema Galanza was able to score again, finishing with a game-high 26 markers as Mylene Paat, Joy Dacoron, and Chiara Permentilla each tallied in double-digits in scoring.
In the end, it was Adamson who went home with the W and Padda takes a sigh of relief after containing Pons and the rest of the Tamaraws.