Seldom-used rookie Chiara Permentilla repays coach's trust with breakout game for Adamson
Chiara Permentilla was a force for Adamson on both offense and defense as she scored a game-high 24 points and had two blocks. Jaime Campos

ADAMSON University rookie Chiara Permentilla did not waste the chance given to her after she led the Lady Falcons’ first win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.

The 5-foot-8 outside hitter poured in a game-high 24 points, from 19 spikes, two blocks and three service aces, in Adamson’s, 25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22, victory over Power Smashers on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

Permentilla, a transferee from La Salle Lipa, has been red shirting for the Lady Falcons for two years. But after seeing limited action in their previous game against BanKo-Perlas, she made the most of her opportunity when her number was called.

“Sorbang thankful and blessed (ako), I guess and after this game na ano ko na, worth it lahat ng hardwork sa practice,” she said.

“Sabi nga lagi ni coach Air, you’re time will come and I guess, tonight, it is my time,” she added.

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Adamson coach Air Padda shared that Permentilla earned her stripes in practice.

The American mentor shared that the freshman and third year May Roque had to slug it out in practice to be able to get the chance to play.

“I did, I saw (her efforts),” said Padda. “She and May, in practice, they battle it out. So between them, it's basically whoever is the hungriest that week, whoever we see really wanting to be in the starting six.” 

Adamson will face University of the Philippines on Sunday and Permentilla is itching to get back on the court and play again.

“It was so painful, na everytime (I see them lose), wala eh. All I could say was I wish I could play, I wish I could contribute to the team,” she said. “(But) ‘yun nga, your time will come and naging worth it nga ang pag-hihintay.” 

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