ONE win eased the heartbreak from 13 disappointing losses, countless errors and an infamous moment where Adamson coach Air Padda cursed on national television.
The Lady Falcons finally bagged its first win after 20 straight losses at the expense of University of the East, 25-15, 25-19, 25-15, in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan on Wednesday.
A highly motivated Adamson squad showed up Wednesday and played like they were in a championship match, staying on attack mode right from the first serve until the last. It’s this effort that Padda, who once dropped the 'F' word during a timeout, lauded and called the win ‘extra special.’
“I asked them (before the match), 'You want to leave here 0-14 or you want to leave here 1-13?' And today, it's another day to win. There's always an opportunity to win, but this one was extra special,” she said.
Padda, whose team lost to UE in the first round, believed that the win was something they deserved after enduring all the suffering from the entire season.
“It wasn't about proving to anyone else that we were good enough. I don't believe that we went into this game wanting to beat UE because we were necessarily better than them. We wanted to win this because I think we deserved it. I'm proud of them,” Padda said.
“I deserve a win. I know that. We work so hard. We've worked so hard, and they have, too. It's frustrating because when they get out there, we don't (win),” she added.
The outspoken American mentor also noted that she was pleased that the Lady Falcons not only played together as a team but the entire squad wanted to win, with skipper Jema Galanza finding ample scoring support from her teammates.
Galanza finished with 15 points, 18 digs and 12 excellent receptions, while Joy Dacoron contributed 10 markers, Bernadette Flora added seven and Zonxi Dahab and Fatima Joaquin chipped in six points apiece
“Tonight, I don't know, the guys just finally clicked. They were making very smart plays, they were sharing the load, Jema didn't have to do it all by herself today,” said Padda, who was holding back tears during the post-match interview.
“I think Flora had a great game, she really came alive and Joy was really good on offense. Like Jema said, it was teamwork,” she added.