COACH Air Padda blasted UAAP volleyball match officials for allegedly missing a call that she believes could have cost the Adamson Lady Falcons the match against University of the East on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.
“I do believe we almost lost the (fifth) set because of the bad refs, that's what I do believe,” said Padda.
The Lady Falcons were ahead, 12-11, in the fifth and appeared to have built a two-point gap as Le-Ann Perez scored on a quick attack.
The Lady Falcons started to celebrate, turning away from the action to hug each other only to realize referees Angelo Haw and Romulo Reforsado have allowed the rally to continue after UE’s Judith Abil got the ball back up in the air with an attempted pancake save.
Laizah Bendong converted the save to a broken play but Mary Ann Mendrez can’t finish and Adamson earned the point, 13-11.
Padda is so sure Perez had earned them the point.
“There was no pancake. Clearly, the ball was down. She (Abil) wasn't even close to getting a pancake,” she said.
“Crucial. Thank God we got the point, but if we hadn't gotten the point, what would have happened? Then the score would have been 12-12. You cannot do that in the fifth set, and it pisses me off, it does,” she added.
The American coach could not hold back this time, revealing that she felt Adamson also lost a match to the University of the Philippines on bad calls.
“I do believe we lost the fifth set to UP because of the refs,” she said.
“I do believe there was two controversial calls that you can't make those calls in the fifth set. You need to be perfect as a ref and I believe the fifth set loss against UP was because of them.”