RICAFORT HOPES ADAMSON ‘IMPROVES FROM LAST GAME’ IN UPCOMING MATCH VERSUS ATENEO
There was a palpable hunger coming from Adamson’s side of the court Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum when the Lady Falcons clashed with UST for their fourth match in the UAAP Season 85 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
Though the Tigresses were one of the hottest teams in the league heading into the matchup due to their five-set win against defending champ National University, Adamson showcased laser focus from start to finish, ending the match in straight sets, 25-15, 25-17, 25-19, in one hour and 18 minutes.
What brought about such a sharp performance from everyone on the blue and white side? The desire to be better, says Adamson assistant coach Rald Ricafort.
“Gusto rin talaga bumawi from the FEU game,” Ricafort told Akari Sports.
While they won against the Lady Tamaraws, the Lady Falcons fumbled especially in their reception where they only had a 16.28% efficiency.
This is a far cry from how they handled UST’s service game as they bounced back big in the department with 40.42% accuracy.
“Napag-usapan and napanood nila ‘yung service game ng UST na ginamit against NU. Na-anticipate na malakas sila mag-serve kaya mas na-prepare ang mga receivers,” shared Ricafort, talking about the review and assessment the team has every time there’s an upcoming game.
Due to the better reception, team captain Louie Romero had an easier time distributing the offense that led to four Lady Falcons finishing in double digits.
Kate Santiago and Trisha Tubu tallied 13 points apiece while Rizza Cruz and Lucille Almonte contributed 12 and 10 markers, respectively.
Commending the team’s fluid movement on-court on their way to a 3-1 win-loss record, Ricafort says: “In the zone sila buong game. Ganda ng mindset kaya mas naka-enjoy during the game.”
The Lady Falcons also scored big on net and floor defense with 10 kill blocks and a 39.32% efficiency on digging.
Due to this, they limited the scoring output of UST with star player Eya Laure scoring nine points.
Next on Adamson’s schedule is their match against Ateneo, happening on Sunday, 2PM, at the Philsports Arena.
For Ricafort, it is imperative that the squad continues to strive to do better than their last game.
“‘Yung mindset na kailangan pa mag-improve from last game sana tuloy-tuloy,” he closed.