ADAMSON University coach Air Padda was left disappointed a sorry 26-24, 19-25, 25-21, 24-26, 12-15 loss to Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The loss relegated the Lady Falcons to the fifth spot with a 5-6 win-loss record.
The outspoken American mentor didn’t hide her disappointment when a handful of reporters caught up with her after their post-game huddle.
“Sayang!” she exclaimed. “Honestly we should’ve taken care of them in the fourth. The fourth set was our set.”
Adamson was already ahead, 22-15, in the fourth set, three points away from winning the match but allowed Ateneo to extend the contest and eventually take the match.
In the fifth set, the Lady Falcons trailed, 1-6, before they made a comeback to tie the game, 11-11, but their efforts weren’t enough as the Lady Eagles stepped on the gas and used their 'heart strong' mantra to win the game.
“I guess the curse of Adamson is that we don’t have a winning culture and when you’re trying to create a winning culture, our team just gets too excited, they get too complacent and they feel like they’re already gonna win the game,” said Padda.
“I felt like the environment that we played here today was really difficult, it was hard,” she added. “The amount of times that our hitters were flying into the net, it was crazy to me and we let Ateneo come back and win.”
The loss put Adamson into a must-win situation for their remaining three games against Far Eastern University on April 7, La Salle on April 11 and University of Santo Tomas on April 14.