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    UAAP Preview: Padda preaches selflessness as Lady Falcons aim to spread wings

    Feb 2, 2018
    The Lady Falcons have not reached the UAAP Final Four in four years. Jham Mariano

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's the fourth of our eight-part preview on the coming UAAP women's volleyball season]

    IT has been four years since Adamson made it to the Final Four of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament - long enough to make the Lady Falcons hungry as ever.

    Lady Falcons skipper Jema Galanza, a rookie the last time Adamson reached the semis, not only hopes to get back in the Final Four but she’s aiming higher.

    “Sa tinagal ng Adamson na hindi pumasok ng Final Four, sobrang gusto ko talaga as in,” she said.

    “Hindi lang sa Final Four kundi finals talaga ‘yung gusto kong marating. Sana ito, itong (season) palarin kami sa Adamson,” added Galanza.


      Head coach Air Padda is confident the entire team is as fired up as Galanza in aiming to nab that elusive Final Four spot. But that desire must lead to the Lady Falcons playing as one on the court.

      “It’s not about me, it’s about we. Getting them to wanna play for each other,” she said.

      Last year, Padda’s first season with the Lady Falcons, the San-Marcelino-based squad only won one game - a painful experience they want to learn from.

      The outspoken American mentor stressed that although there will still be struggles, their eyes should remain fixed on the prize.

      “If there’s that one thing that’s gonna keep you fighting, when you wanna give up, when you wanna come into practice and you don’t want to focus, when you wanna be mad at the coaches, when you wanna bring in your outside stuff, there’s one thing that everyone can hold accountable to everybody and that’s to get in the Final Four,” she said.


      Adamson will kick off its campaign against National University on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

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