BERN Flora is eager to prove her worth as the leader of the Adamson Lady Falcons this UAAP Season 81.
From a bench player in the past seasons, Flora is now embracing a bigger role as one of the reliable players of the Lady Falcons, who seek to reach the Final Four this year.
“Gusto ko lang may mapatunayan sa mga tao, sa ibang players at sa mga coaches,” said Flora after last week’s team practice at the Adamson Gym.
The do-it-all outside hitter is hoping to fill the big shoes left by former captain Jema Galanza, who graduated last season with opposite spiker Mylene Paat and setter Fen Emnas.
As one of the seniors, Flora is ready to lead the charge for their young team under head coach Air Padda, who tagged her young players as ‘babies.’
“Inaaccept ko na ate na talaga ako. Na kailangan ako ng mga babies, and kailangan din ako nila coach na magstep up lalo,” she said.
But more than proving herself, Flora hopes that the Lady Falcons would prove that they can reach the semifinals even they lost three important players.
“Gusto namin makapasok sa final four para mapatunayan namin sa mga tao at tsaka kay coach na kaya naman namin,” Flora said. “Sobrang confident na maabot namin yung final four.”
Flora is optimistic of their chances of making it to the Final Four as she believes that Adamson won’t be leaning on its trade mark floor defense and speed but also its vastly-improved attacking, which the Lady Falcons learned from their bronze medal finish in the Premier Volleyball Collegiate Conference and winless 0-14 Open Conference campaign.
“Bawat isa gustong makapasok sa first kaya lahat naghahard work para makapasok doon sa spot na yun,” Flora said.