ADAMSON coach Airess Padda refused to sugar-coat the Lady Falcons' lopsided loss to University of the Philippines in their UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament debut on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“The first game was a huge reality check for the girls, somebody had slapped us in the face and now they’re like this is what’s it gonna be,” the first-year American coach said after the 18-25, 11-25, 18-25 defeat at the hands of the Lady Maroons.
Padda did not spend too much time speaking during the post-game huddle but she left her wards with something to ponder on, comparing the team's weaknesses to a pimple in a lady's face.
“First off, I identified our weaknesses, there’s nothing to hide from,” she said. “I used the analogy that when you have a zit on your face and as a woman you cover it up with makeup. Don’t do that, everyone knows our weaknesses.”
“We’re much smaller, we don’t have the firepower, we’re under experienced but we’re gonna embrace that and we’re gonna work hard,” she added.
Adamson will have little time to recover as it faces Far Eastern University on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan, but Padda is optimistic the Lady Falcons have learned a thing or two from the loss.
“Even though we lost we learned a big lesson today and this is not something I want them to sit on and beat themselves up,” she said.