MANILA, Philippines – There is a reason that many pundits consider the Adamson Lady Falcons a team to watch out for in the upcoming UAAP volleyball wars.
A year after managing a 1-13 win-loss record, the Lady Falcons have reloaded behind returning skipper Jema Galanza, who will be joined by comebacking veterans Fem Emnas and Mylene Paat, as well as May Roque who will make her return after a one-year injury layoff.
What has gotten volleyball fans truly excited, however, is the presence of recruits who will give Adamson more weapons to work with after a season that saw Galanza struggle to carry the team by herself. One of those recruits, Chiara Permentilla, showed on Wednesday that there is reason for the hype.
After not suiting up in their first game against Creamline, then going scoreless in their limited time against Perlas in their second assignment, Permentilla exploded for 24 points in a 25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22 win over the Power Smashers in the PVL Open Conference on Wednesday.
She had 19 points on kills to go with two blocks and three aces. Permentilla capped off a superb performance by scoring the final kill that wrapped up the victory for Adamson.
"Sobrang thankful and blessed, I guess. After this game, (I felt) na worth it lahat ng hard work sa practice," said Permentilla, a transferee from De La Salle-Lipa who spent parts of her childhood in Italy. "Sabi nga lagi ni coach Air (Padda), your time will come. I guess, tonight, it is my time."
[I'm so thankful and blessed. After this game, I felt that all the hard work in practice was worth it. As coach Air Padda said, your time will come. I guess, tonight, it is my time.]
Permentilla saw little action in Adamson's first two games, entering only in the second set of the Lady Falcons' loss to Perlas last Sunday, but exiting soon after in favor of Roque. According to Padda, Permentilla and Roque compete for playing time during practice; the rookie transferee was the one rewarded this week.
"They battle it out. Between them, it's basically whoever is hungriest that week, whoever we really see wanting to be in the starting six," Padda explained. "This week, she had some good practices, so we gave her a chance."
"She really performed well, and I'm really proud of Chiara for stepping up," she added.
Permentilla is grateful not only to have rewarded Padda's faith in her, but also to have contributed in the victory.
"It was so painful, na every time after the game sa dugout, mayroon kaming talk and wala eh," Permentilla said of their previous losses. "All I could say was, I wish I could play, I wish I could contribute to the team."
"But 'yun nga, your time will come, and naging worth it nga ang paghihintay," she said.
[It was so painful. After the games, we'd talk in the dugout and all I could say is I wish I could play, I wish I could contribute to the team. But as coach said, your time will come, and the wait was worth it.]
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