COACH Air Padda urged the Adamson Lady Falcons to play with enthusiasm regardless of the playing venue or the crowd, hoping to avoid another lethargic performance as they had against College of St. Benilde in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.
Although Adamson won the match, the American coach lamented how the Lady Falcons played sluggish early.
Padda specifically mentioned how they were affected by the atmosphere inside the venue, where only 230 spectators, according to the official stats sheet, watched the game — far from the usual crowd in the UAAP.
“With our team, I know, like, in the beginning of the match the arena was dead. Like, there was no music, barely any audience,” said Padda, who tried to pump up her team by giving them a pep talk.
“I try to tell them, ‘You can’t let that dictate how hard you play,’ it’s a distraction,” she added.
But Padda’s words seem to fall on deaf ears as the Lady Falcons couldn't overcome their rusty start and allowed the Lady Blazers to take the second set and stay close until the end of the match.
“There’s still trying to get used to no matter what environment you’re in, you gotta play the game,” she said.
“Sobrang inconsistent kanina,” she added while shaking her head in disbelief.
Still, AdU copped its second straight win in as many matches to stay close behind leaders University of Sto. Tomas and Far Eastern University.