ADAMSON pulled off a surprisingly easy 25-15, 25-19, 25-15 win over fellow minnow University of the East on Wednesday to avoid a winless season in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
The Lady Falcons, who lost to the Lady Warriors in the first round, settled the score by dominating a match that took less than an hour to finish to hand an emotional first-year coach Air Padda her maiden win.
“It feels good. Man, we needed this one,” said Padda, who would pause in between her sentences trying to hold back her tears.
“We (the coaching staff) told the girls, what sounds better, 0-14 or 1-13? I know it might not sound like much, but the one is equivalent to like 10 (wins) for us. We just wanted it so badly for them (players),” she added.
Padda, who hugged skipper Jema Galanza during the post-game interview, wanted her wards to have something to look back to and use as a jumpstart for their campaign next season.
“It's so hard to go through a losing season and not see the seeds that we're planting,” she said. “Today was a chance for them to actually create one more big moment, memorable moment for our season, that we can remember as kind of like building the foundation for our team.”
The fourth-year spiker Galanza, whose personal winless streak stretches 20 games dating back to last season, led the way as Adamson ended the season tied with its victim at 1-13 (win-loss).
Galanza made 15 points, while Joy Dacoron added 10, Bernadette Flora chipped in seven and Zonxi Dahab and Fatima Joaquin made six apiece for the Lady Falcons.
Shaya Adorador finished with nine points for UE.