ADAMSON star Bern Flora made it clear that her on-court celebration on Saturday was just a way of getting her confidence and boosting her teammates, but head coach Air Padda is having none of it.
Facing three-time defending champion La Salle, known for its on-court antics called ‘swag’, Flora nailed a strong hit to cut down the lead to six in the second set, 11-17.
Flora stared down La Salle captain Des Cheng and shouted to express her confidence. The referee almost brought out a yellow card but decided to warn Adamson’s outside hitter.
“Hindi ko alam parang lumabas lang talaga yun sa sarili ko na kailangan kong ma-boost yung sarili ko para umangat ako ganun po,” Flora said. “Hindi naman ako nangaasar doon ko lang gusto nalalabas yung gusto kong mangyari pag nakakapoint ako.”
“Gusto ko din manalo kasi ayokong mabaon kami sa score. Yun nga po (La Salle pa) parang mas nabuboost yung energy ko pero lahat naman ng teams,” she added.
Flora’s antics didn't sit well with Padda, who consequently called for timeout to scold her wards.
“You care more about the crowd, you care more about taunting and stuff than playing volleyball. We don't train on how to taunt and swag and stuff,” Padda said on their timeout. “I train you to play volleyball. You're not focused right now. Look at the score and you guys wanna go like this. You haven't accomplished anything. Stay focused. No more taunting, no more, I mean it.”
Although it threatened a comeback in the second and third sets, Adamson got swept by La Salle in three sets, 16-25, 21-25, 20-25, falling 0-2 win-loss record in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Flora confessed that Padda’s words brought down her confidence because all she wanted was to boost herself and her teammates but she admitted her coach was right.
“Wala parang gumuho yung mundo ko nun,” the do-it-all spiker said. “Para kasing naboost ko na yung energy ko tapos ganun bigla. Alam ko naman na mali yun hindi niya kami tinuruan na ganun pero parang sa akin kasi doon ko nakukuha yung confidence ko.”
“Parang ayaw na nilang dagdagan kasi (muntik na ako) ma-yellow card baka magalit si coach,” she added.
De La Salle head coach Ramil de Jesus, for his part, said that he understood the intention of Flora to boost her confidence and spark her team but he asked his players to stop.
“Kasi noong nakita ko si Flora mag-ganun, sabi ko na part iyon ng strategy nila. So sabi ko sa kanila na huwag nalang patulan kasi na sa loob tayo para maglaro and hindi mag-ganun,” De Jesus said. “Pinigil ko sila, ayoko mag-umpisa nang ganyan so sabi ko huwag nalang pumatol. Sa kanila naman nagsimula (ng taunting), kung nagspark si Flora, susunod lahat ng Adamson. Siguro plan talaga iyon.”
Flora didn’t mean she won’t do it again, it’s her way of expressing but the next time she will do it, she will turn backwards from her opponents first.
“Siguro pero nakatalikod na talaga promise na talaga yun,” she said.