UAAP: Adamson Lady Falcons take ex-coach Padda's parting message to heart

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 04 2019 02:09 AM

UAAP: Adamson Lady Falcons take ex-coach Padda's parting message to heart 1
The Adamson Lady Falcons dedicated their win over NU to former head coach Airess Padda. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines -- Airess Padda may no longer be calling the shots for Adamson University in the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament, but she figures to remain a presence for the team moving forward.

Padda was replaced by Onyok Getigan as Adamson's head coach last Friday, with the American mentor agreeing to stay with the program as a conditioning coach.

According to the Lady Falcons, they were emotional upon being informed of the changes that will be made to their coaching staff.

"Hindi kami aware," said veteran middle blocker Joy Dacoron, who for the second time in her career will experience a coaching change midway through the season.

"Management lang ang nag-decide noon," she explained. "After kausapin si Coach Air, kinausap din kami ni Coach Air. Pumunta kami sa isang room, doon lahat emotional, lalo na ako."

Dacoron already endured such a change in UAAP Season 78, when Sherwin Meneses resigned midway through the tournament and was replaced by Domingo Custodio, the coach of their men's team. Padda was hired the following offseason.

"It's hard to accept talaga," said Dacoron. "Pero ang management, hindi naman agad-agad 'yan magde-decide na hindi ikakabuti, or hindi rin namin alam kung ano't puno't dulo noon."

But the Lady Falcons also took to heart the message that Padda gave to them, which was to put the team first and foremost.

"Sinasabi din naman ni Coach Air na kahit na wala na siya, huwag naming i-abandon 'yung team. So, play as one talaga kami, 'yun ang gagawin namin, 'yun ang pinaka-goal," Dacoron said.

"Huwag daw po namin talaga i-abandon 'yung team," added Bern Flora. "Sabi ni Coach Air, na umangat kaming mga ate, mas kailangan kami ng mga babies namin. Ayun po."

Flora, who scored 15 points in the win, was named Player of the Game against NU and promptly dedicated their triumph to Padda. The American mentor was not present on the Adamson bench.

The Lady Falcons said that as the season goes on, they will remain inspired by their former head coach.

"'Yung nawala si Coach Air, kumuha na rin kami ng lakas sa nangyari. Kasi sabi niya, kailangan lang namin maging isa talaga," said team captain Eli Soyud.

The Lady Falcons return to action on Sunday against Far Eastern University.

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