Adamson University figured in a tough match-up against the erstwhile unbeaten University of the Philippines at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday night.
Indeed, it was a tight tussle as both teams exchanged the first two sets which tied the game at 1-all. Seeing how the game was going, Lady Falcons head coach Lerma Giron tried to find the right blend of players inside the court.
Giron, after fielding in a total of 11 players in just the first set, eventually found the perfect mix with Kate Santiago stepping up to help Adamson take down the surging Fighting Maroons.
“So far marami pa kaming dapat ayusin sa team,” said Giron after the four-set, 25-19, 19-25, 25-17, 25-11 win over UP.
“Kumbaga para kang nag titimpla ng kape, kailangan mong alamin kung matabang, matamis, so hanggang makuha mo yung tamang timpla.”
The 20-year-old opposite spiker out of Zamboanga, who only scored a total of six points in two games played, almost doubled her output and dropped 11 points, including three aces, to provide the spark off the bench. Santiago also started in sets three and four which Adamson both won.
“Pinapakinggan ko lang yung sinasabi ni coach na mag enjoy lang sa loob ng court. ‘Pag ano rin, ‘pag pinasok ka palo ka lang nang palo saka mag enjoy ka lang sa loob ng court,” said the 5-foot-8 rookie, who powered Adamson to the Girls’ Volleyball Finals back in Season 82.
“Yun yung maganda sa mga bagong players natin ngayon,” echoed Giron. “Actually, sa bench players namin yun yung lagi kong binibilin sa kanila lalo na dito na kapag binigyan kayo ng pagkakataon, ‘wag niyong sayangin.
“Hindi naman ako nagkamali nung pinasok ko siya, talagang tumulong siya sa team pinatunayan niya yung sarili niya na hindi ako nagkamali sa ‘pag pasok sa kanya.”