Halfway through the first round of Season 81, the Adamson Lady Falcons have already been through many ups and downs, with four games behind them and only one win to show for it.
In their first game, the Lady Falcons seemingly stalled at the start, dropping the first two sets against UST. But in an early show of team character, they were able to make up for it and force a fifth and deciding set.
Soon after they found themselves in the cross-hairs of the defending champions, DLSU. Tempers flared and emotions were let loose as leading scorer Bernadette Flora tried to light a fire in her team by going toe-to-toe with DLSU’s best spikers. Despite their best efforts, they still suffered a three-set loss.
The biggest blow came against UE. Both teams came into the match searching for their first win. The Lady Falcons started the game strong, building an early lead in the first set to draw first blood in the match. But an uncharacteristic performance left the Lady Falcons struggling to score, unable to put a stop to the constant barrage by UE. They could on look on as UE undid their lead and won the match from under them.
The Lady Falcons had less than a week to pick up the pieces from their most disheartening loss, yet they managed to bounce back in a big way. Having focused on improving their net defense throughout the preseason, the Lady Falcons blocked their way to a three-set victory over NU. Both Joy Dacoron and Eli Soyud made their presence felt at the net halting NU’s attacks, forcing them to make wild adjustments.
Moving forward, head coach Onyok Getigan plans to bring his championship mindset to the Lady Falcons as he emphasized that in order to achieve their goals, they need to put in double the effort.
Their next opponent on Sunday will be FEU, a team that many consider to be a Final Four contender. If the Lady Falcons are to build momentum and go on a win streak, they need to capitalize on their biggest assets— their blocking and their ability to set up their best scorers Eli Soyud, Joy Dacoron and Bernadette Flora.
Currently with 1-3 win-loss record, every game from this point on counts. With 10 games to go, the target number of wins to make it to the Final Four is eight. The road ahead is still long and after notching their first victory, there is still much hope to be had.