Fresh off a third-place finish in the 2018 PVL Collegiate Conference, Adamson is set to face another challenge, this time with new faces taking on more important roles.
The Lady Falcons are among eight teams duking it out in the 2018 PVL Open Conference, with their campaign set to begin on September 29 against Pocari Sweat-Air Force at the Imus Sports Center in Cavite.
Out of the collegiate tilt but participating in this edition are wily libero Nina Balang and powerful outside hitter Graecelchen Ave, both rookies coming from Laguna and Surigao del Sur, respectively.
But set to take on bigger roles are freshman middle blocker Krich Macaslang, and veterans Caesa Pinar and Mhay Roque.
With Eli Soyud set to undergo surgery of her torn meniscus, coach Air Padda expects Roque, who herself is recovering from a broken finger, to step into Soyud’s position and make her mark.
Meanwhile, team captain Lea Perez, who missed Adamson’s last few games due to a shoulder injury, will also be getting PRP injections and is out for at least the next month. Adding to the Lady Falcons’ woes at the middle is the loss of Joy Dacoron, who will play for mother club Perlas.
Thus, Macaslang, who showed promise with her height and blocking in the semifinals and battle for third, will be tasked to man the net for Adamson along with Pinar, the Bukidnon native raring for the chance to finally break into the rotation.
Chiara Permentilla, Bern Flora and rookie Trisha Genesis will continue to battle for playing time at the wing spots, but will also welcome a stiff challenge by Ave, the former Baby Falcon gunner who’s spent the past few months preparing for UAAP beach volleyball.
Balang, on the other hand, will be asked to back up PVL Collegiate Conference Best Libero Thang Ponce in manning the floor.