Kicking off the team’s rebuilding process, the Adamson WVT squared off against a pro-team from the Chinese Volleyball League. Against a sizeable height disadvantage, it was a big challenge for the Lady Falcons to get through their opponents’ defense at the net as they battled the Fujian Anxi Tiekuanyin Women’s Volleyball Club at the Adamson University SV Gym last Sunday.
Save for incoming sophomore Trisha Genesis, the hosts fielded in rookies Louie Romero, Rizza Cruz, Lucille Almonte, Antonette Adolfo and Martina Aprecio in their starting lineup. It took some time for the collegiate squad to blast through the walls of the Chinese team. Genesis tried her best to push past the big blockers but was repeatedly overpowered, with her side falling, 16-25 in the first set.
In the second set, the Lady Falcons were able to make some adjustments as hitters Almonte and Adolfo found their groove – but not enough to take the set that ended 25-22 in favor of the Fujian team.
With their backs against the wall, the ladies in blue worked hard for an early lead in the pivotal third set. With better blocking coming from Krich Macaslang, the team was able to mount a counter attack. The Fujian team didn’t waste each rotation though as they crept behind the Lady Falcons, and proved to be steadier down the stretch as they took the final set, 25-22 and the victory.
After the game, both teams bonded over dinner. The Filipino and Chinese players were able to communicate and enjoy the evening, notwithstanding the language barrier. Thanks to modern technology, they were able to converse and learn about each other’s volleyball career.
At the end of the day, the Lady Falcons still gained from this experience alone. The coaching staff reiterated that it’s good for the girls to learn from their lapses and weakness and to work on them before Season 82 of the UAAP unfolds.