BATANGAS CITY — Eli Soyud believes that Adamson-Akari will learn a lot from its winless Premier Volley League Season 2 Open Conference campaign.
The Lady Falcons ended their Open Conference stint empty handed following their 14th straight loss - a sorry 7-25, 11-25, 10-25 decision to Creamline on Saturday at the Batangas City Coliseum.
But for Soyud, they will focus on all the lessons instead of thinking of their 0-14 record.
“It doesn't matter kung 0-14 kami. Yung hinahanap kasi namin yung exposure para sa mga bata namin and yung lineup namin hindi makumpleto-kumpleto,” said Soyud, who had six points in their last PVL game.
“So yung aral na lang ng liga na ito yung dadalhin namin. Kung ano yung natutunan namin. Yun yung naitulong ng liga na ito sa amin. 0-14 kami, wala yun. Magkakasubukan pa rin naman sa UAAP.”
Soyud missed 11 games due to a surgery on her sprained left meniscus. Adamson-Akari head coach Air Padda was supposed to sit her out for the whole conference but Soyud insisted that she wanted to play the last three matches.
“I wasn’t planning on playing her, but she was begging me to because she felt, of course she wanted to help that team,” Padda said. “But she just wanted to play because she hadn't played in so long. This was her last opportunity to play in a real conference before the UAAP.”
Soyud admitted that she is still far from one-hundred-percent condition, but she just wanted to help her teammates and experience playing in a major league two months before the UAAP that’s why she pleaded to their coach.
“Para sa akin kasi, gusto kong makatulong sa team and gusto kong hindi manibago sa court yung mismong Arena,” the Collegiate Conference best opposite hitter said. “Ayoko na parang umabot pa ng UAAP. Mahirap mag-adjust. Kaya sinabi ko na maglalaro ako para hindi rin ako manibago and hindi masyadong lumayo sa team.”
Despite transitioning from a bronze finish in the Collegiate to a winless Open Conference, Soyud said that the best is yet to come for them as they weren’t complete with her missing games as well as Bern Flora and Le-ann Perez and with Joy Dacoron playing for BanKo this conference.
“Sa amin, marami pa kaming kailangang i-improve. Maging isa kami. Kasi lagi kaming kulang,” she said. “Inaantay namin hanggang matapos ang PVL para makapag-train talaga siya na buo na kami at madami pa kaming kailangang i-improve, lalo na sa mga bata.
“Hindi pa rin naman alam kung sino yung paglalaruin ni coach sa UAAP kaya magbabakbakan pa kami sa mismong team namin, kailangan maglaban-laban kami.”
The Adamson star is confident that her team will play a great UAAP Season 81 next year.
“Ako confident ako sa mga teammates ko, hindi kasi nakikita ng mga tao kung paano yung mag-training yung team namin eh,” Soyud concluded. “At kung ano pa yung ma-iimprove pa nila. May two months naman eh. Hindi naman natin masasabi yun. Abang na lang. For sure lalaban naman kami.”