The rookie-laden Adamson Lady Falcons will be without two of their veterans in Bernadeth Flora and Chiara Permentilla for the UAAP Season 82 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
Flora decided to skip her final year of eligibility for the San Marcelino-based squad, a development confirmed by Adamson head coach Lerma Giron.
“Nagsabi siya kaso baka iba rin yung prioridad,” Giron said, although she did not go into details.
Meanwhile, Permentilla is still recuperating from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury she sustained while playing for Marinerang Pilipina in the 2019 PSL All-Filipino Conference last July.
“Sa ngayon ayaw natin pwersahin e, ayaw natin i-take risk siya na minadali natin pero in the long run baka mapasama pa. So she’s taking time, we’re giving her time na maka-recover doon sa injury nya,” Giron bared.
“Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Tiyaga ka lang paghandaan mo palakas ka para pag time mo na, e di todo ulit.'”
The absence of the said veterans is such a huge blow for the Lady Falcons, especially on the offensive end.
Flora led Adamson in scoring last season, averaging 10.36 points per match while Permentill normed 8.14 points per game a year ago — not to mention their abilities to contribute on the defensive end.
Given this, Giron will have to make do with a rookie-loaded arsenal. Still, she remains optimistic.
The Adamson mentor acknowledges that the adjustments aren’t going to be easy for the reigning PVL Collegiate Conference champions. But she noted that her wards are more than willing to put in the work while trusting the process.
“Walang changes na madali, walang changes na instant. If you’re having a new system may phase doon na talagang nasa transition,” said Giron, who is also receiving much-needed help from seasoned mentor Tai Bundit as the team’s consultant.
“I can say na until now nasa transition kami pero nakalampas na kami sa introduction. Medyo nakaka-adapt na kami kahit kaunti.”