ADAMSON University finally scored its first win in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, defeating National University, 25-15, 25-19, 25-22, on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Bern Flora scored 15 points off 13 attacks and a pair of blocks to go with eight digs in the Lady Falcons first match under Onyok Getigan, who was tapped to replace coach Air Padda.
Eli Soyud had eight kills, three blocks and an ace for 12 points, while Joy Dacoron added 10 markers as Adamson joined NU and University of the East in sixth spot at 1-3.
MJ Igao, a back-up to rookie setter Nikka Yandoc in the first three matches, made 18 excellent sets on top of three points.
“Andoon naman ako sa coaching staff so walang bago sa akin sa mga kilos nito. Alam ko ang kahinaan nila at kalakasan nila,” said Getigan, who only had one practice session with the Lady Falcons before the match as he coached Kings’ Montessori in an NCR meet.
“Alam ko ang sistema. Ginuide ko lang ang mga bata. Gusto ko lang ibalik ang kumpyansa nila,” the former Adamson assistant coach added.
The Lady Falcons dedicated the win to Padda, who is still with the team as conditioning coach but didn’t go to the match.
“Malaki ang naiambag ni coach Air sa amin, lalo na ang personality niya, yung winning mentality,” Dacoron said. “Sinasabi din naman ni coach Air na kahit wala na siya, play as one talaga kami. Open communication pa rin naman kami, okay kami sa relationship.”
Adamson will have a week-long break before taking on FEU (2-2) on Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.
Princess Robles had 12 points, seven excellent receptions and five digs for NU.
Ivy Lacsina, Gelina Luceño and Audrey Paran added seven markers each, while Jennifer Nierva had 28 excellent receptions and 21 digs.
The Lady Bulldogs, who have lost two straight, face the UST Tigresses (2-2) on Saturday.