ADAMSON'S prized recruit from Laguna, Trisha Genesis impressed head coach Air Padda in her debut as a Lady Falcon in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Season 2 Collegiate Conference.
After missing their first game last week due to Shingles, Genesis finally made her debut and finished with seven points to help the Lady Falcons in winning their second straight game with a 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21 decision of College of Saint Benilde on Sunday at the Arena in San Juan City.
“Sobrang saya po na may kaunting pressure kasi kakagaling ko lang sa sakit so bale kakabalik ko pa lang two days pa lang ako nakakapagtraining,” said the rookie out of Holy Rosary College. “Kahit nawala po ako ng matagal nagawa pa rin po magtiwala sa akin ni coach na maipasok kanina sa game.”
Genesis proved her worth when she was fielded mid-second set and started in the third and fourth sets, helping the Lady Falcons in bagging solo second place with a 2-0 win-loss record.
Padda was impressed of her top recruit from Laguna, who led team Calabarzon to a silver medal finish in Palarong Pambansa 2018.
“I think she did okay. It was her first match. I don't think she thought she was gonna play. She just got back into training,” Padda said. “Trisha's a good player, she's definitely gonna get an opportunity to get into the starting six. She's got a lot of firepower, but she's got a lot of aspects that she hasn't learned. But, I love her energy. She brings a youthful vibe to the court.”
The American coach of Adamson even saw the strengths of UST star EJ Laure on Genesis.
“Honestly, when I see her, she kinda reminds me of Ej Laure when she was playing. That kid has so much potential,” Padda said. “She hasn't developed her jump yet. We're working on her speed. She was what we call in the states a roundhouse arm that can work to your benefit. As soon that's in the right timing, that's gonna be hard to stop.“
Genesis, who was flattered on the comparison, confessed that she chose Adamson among other schools that tried to recruit her was because of the team’s desire on having her and the great relationship of the coaches and players.
“‘Yung mga tao mismo kasi sobrang approachable po nila tapos ‘yung pakikipagusap po nila sa amin talaga hindi nila dinadaan sa ibang tao. Diretso po sa amin,” the 18-year-old rookie said. “‘Yung teammates, coaches. Sobrang saya po talaga ang bilis namin magjell, ang bilis makakilala sa isa’t isa. Sobrang saya po talaga pagpasok na pagpasok ko pa lang sa Adamson.”
For Genesis, she is not rushing her way to stardom as her goal this Collegiate Conference is to showcase her talent and help the Lady Falcons.
“Gusto kong mailabas ko kung ano ‘yung talaga ‘yung laro ko tapos makapagcontribute ng marami sa team,” she said.