MOTOLITE head coach Air Padda hopes that their lone first round win would jumpstart her wards to a stronger second-round performance to reach the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.
Padda just ended a personal 22-game losing streak from a battle for third defeat in PVL Collegiate Conference, a 0-14 run in Open Conference, three straight losses before leaving Adamson in the past UAAP Season to a 0-4 start as Motolite coach.
The American coach was finally relieved that she ended the spell as Motolite barged in win column with a 25-16, 25-21, 25-18 victory over BaliPure on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the Arena in San Juan City.
“Honestly, It’s been very challenging and I expected to get a win before I did today,” Padda said. “Mentally, it took me back to the UAAP days and I’m just trying to stay positive and try not to think about what I did or didn’t accomplish in the past.”
“I just try to focus on what I’m aspiring to do hear right now and I hope the monkeys off my back,” she added.
Injuries have been the major factor of Motolite’s sluggish start as Cuban import Gyselle Silva had a should injury and needed to be replaced by Channon Thompson, while Bosnian Edina Selimovic suffered a knee cap injury after one game replaced by Krystle Esdelle last Wednesday.
Reigning MVP Myla Pablo has yet to see action in five games due to a lower back injury, while Motolite continued to deal with fatigue as it is the only team to play five straight playdates in nine days.
“I told them it feels, ‘It’s only been one week?’ Actually eight days but I felt like we just played a month of games,” Padda said. “[It’s] emotionally draining, physically draining, spiritually draining, mentally draining.”
But for Padda, it’s time to move on and start over in the second round for them to reach their goal.
“I wanna make the final four. I’m hopeful the future is bright for us. We’re not gonna have any excuses,” she said. “If we at least win four of our games, we really have a great chance of making it to the Final Four and if we make it there none of these will matter anymore. It starts all over again at zero.”
Motolite needs to win at least three or four of its last five matches of the second round to reach the semifinals.
It’s a daunting task but Padda believes that it’s achievable from what they saw and learned in their first four losses.
“Every team is beatable. I think we got better each game,” Padda said. “I feel like our first game against Army was like ‘Welcome to the PVL’, especially all the college players, ‘Welcome to the pros’ and they just kinda like, I don’t know, they had a rude awakening.”
“We still have a chance to make it to the Final Four. We finally had our imports so I’m hoping there’s no more issues,” she added. “I’m excited. We have more experience than we did nine days ago so we just got to keep building on it.”