ATENEO assistant coach Sherwin Meneses said it was just an ordinary game when he faced his former team Adamson for the first time in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.
Meneses asserted his mastery of his former wards after Ateneo took the game in straight sets, 25-19, 25-18, 25-13, on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
“Siyempre nalulungkot tayo kasi team natin 'yan, lahat ng players doon naabutan ko pa, pero ganoon talaga ang trabaho, trabaho lang,” said Meneses, who called the shots for Adamson for four years prior to his resignation last year.
“Sila na ang bahala doon, sila na ang nakaupo doon. Hopefully, maging successful sila,” he added.
The 34-year old mentor, however, is optimistic that the Lady Falcons will improve under the guidance of their new American coach Airess Padda.
Padda, founder and director of Malibu Palms Volleyball Club, was very vocal that she wants to change the culture and the mindset of the team and turn it into a fighting team.
Still, Adamson is at the bottom of the pack with a 0-4 win-loss record tied with University of the East.
“Wala namang akong problema, tingin ko mag-iimprove sila doon kay coach Air kasi, siyempre, imported. Makinig lang sila,” said Meneses.
Meneses, who cited differences between the team and the management as reasons for his resignation, cleared that he has already moved on and he holds no ill feelings towards his former team.
“Wala na, matagal na, lumipas na ‘yun,” he said.