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Coach Air sticking with struggling Eli Soyud in race to Final Four

With Chiara Permentilla out for the rest of the season, coach Air Padda is sticking with Eli Soyud at the starting outside hitter spot in their bid for a Final Four spot.

Soyud struggled throughout Adamson’s match with NU, especially in the third set, which the Lady Falcons lost badly, 25-15.

Despite the numerous errors and the inconsistent attacking, the former La Salle standout has Padda’s trust.

“The problem with her this season was the lack of assurance. She doesn’t know if she’s gonna go in there,” said the American mentor. “I just told her that from hereon out, I’m going with you and if you happen to collapse, I’m not taking you out.”

That was what Padda precisely did, as she started Soyud again in the fourth set.

“She needs to learn how to do that. And she did it today,” said the coach. “She’s one of the people I’m most proud of. I know when things go rough for her, she tends to dig an even deeper hole, but we need consistency.”

Soyud finished with a measly four points — the lowest output among Adamson’s starting spikers — but was relatively okay in the fourth as Adamson minimized their errors to three.

Padda and the rest of the coaching staff hope Soyud shows improvement and consistency in their next games, especially with the Lady Falcons’ backs against the wall.

“I can’t keep switching people in and out. Keeping her in this position for the rest of the season is something we need,” closed Padda.

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