Looking strong in the preseason, pundits and fans alike placed Adamson high in Season 80’s pecking order. But after a disappointing showing against fellow favorites NU in their season-opener, coach Air Padda had to scramble for answers for them to get back to the track.
Fortunately for her, her Lady Falcons showed up against FEU in a thrilling five-set win that also ended their almost two years of waiting to beat their Morayta counterparts in the UAAP.
“I have so much respect to FEU as a program but, man, that feels good,” Padda could only muster in the post-game interview after posting their first win against the Tamaraws since Season 78.
Jema Galanza erased doubts on her recovery when she put up a game-high 26 points, to go along with 15 digs and 17 excellent receptions. Mylene Paat, Joy Dacoron, and Chiara Permentilla also powered Adamson’s offense, scoring 13, 12, and 11 respectively.
But for Padda, it was their defense that won them the game.
“There was a lot of rallies. Before I got to Adamson, everyone was telling me that Adamson has been known for their floor defense. I really wanted to bring that back.”
Against FEU, the San Marcelino-based squad dominated the digs department with 56 against the Lady Tamaraws’ 46 while also receiving the ball better with 44 against FEU’s 41.
At least in their last match, their hard work in training seems to be paying off.
“We spend over an hour every day just dedicated to defense so kudos to FEU, they were battling too, I just think that down the stretch, we were able to beat them,” Padda said.