The Lady Falcons bowed out in straight sets yet again to the defending champions DLSU, but amidst yet another loss there was a silver lining to be had— the rookies came ready to play.
Not one to throw away her shot, rookie Trisha Genesis made the most of the extended playtime given to her by coach Onyok.
“Inalala ko lang na andaming tao na nagtitiwala sa akin kaya ako nandito sa Adamson,” said Trisha regarding her mindset that got her to a team high in scoring. “Binigyan niya [coach Onyok] ako ng chance so kailangan i-grab ko yun.”
Trisha Genesis came off the bench early for the Lady Falcons as they fell into a 16-6 hole in the first set. She immediately made her presence felt scoring off a kill and then getting a service ace. This sparked a mini-run for the Lady Falcons who closed the gap to 10-16.
In the second set Chen Ave got her number called early to give captain Ely Soyud a breather. The determination of Genesis and Ave became infectious, sparking an 11-3 run which saw them overtake DLSU going into the second technical timeout.
According to Ave who was part of the lead-taking run, all she wanted was to help the team, “Mula sa labas nakikita ko yung galawan ng mga nasa loob na gustong manalo, so pagpasok ko po gusto kong makatulong.”
The new found energy began to rub off even on the veterans like Joy Dacoron and Bern Flora who were resolute in their plan to pummel the ball at all cost. But ultimately the fire power of DLSU proved to be too much for them to handle.
Coach Onyok was pleased with how the second stringers performed noting that despite coming off the bench, they continued to find ways to try and win.
“Gusto kong makita yung ganun, na kahit second stringers sila ginagawan nila ng paraan manalo.”
But the team is not resting on their laurels despite the new found confidence of their rookies. They acknowledge that they have many aspects of their game that need to improve. Coach Onyok reminded the players as they go through their development as athletes, “magsuportahan kayo.”