Air Padda says she doesn’t regret benching Jema Galanza, Eli Soyud and Chiara Permentilla
The Lady Falcons fell behind early as coach Air Padda had three key players stay on the bench. Marlo Cueto

ADAMSON University coach Air Padda says she doesn’t regret benching three key players for a full set, insisting it was not the reason they lost to cellar-dwelling University of the East.

With Lady Falcons Jema Galanza, Eli Soyud and Chiara Permentilla sitting out the first set, the Lady Warriors were able to take the early lead, and went on to grab their first win of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.

“Eli and Jema (and Chiara) weren’t even in training this week so I thought they don’t deserve a chance to start,” said Padda.

According to Padda, Soyud got sick, Galanza rolled her ankle during their game against La Salle and Permentilla attended a family matter.

“I don’t regret it, I don’t think it was the reason why we lost,” she said.

“I mean, I have morals as a coach that I have to stick to my own and when you’re not in training the whole week, you can’t just show up and play.” 

“If you’re not doing the work in training with the team, I don’t understand how I’m just supposed to start you when other girls have been working hard,” she added.

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