One of the most sought-after players in the 2018 Palarong Pambansa, Trisha Genesis finally played her first match for the Adamson University Lady Falcons in the PVL Collegiate Conference.
Coming off the bench in the second set for a struggling Chiara Permentilla, the Laguna-native managed seven points and helped the Lady Falcons squeak past the CSB Lady Blazers.
“Sobrang saya po na may kaunting pressure kasi kakagaling ko lang sa sakit, so bale kakabalik ko pa lang, two days pa lang ako nakakapag-training,” said the product of Holy Rosary College , who missed the Lady Falcons first match of the tournament due to shingles.
“Sobrang saya kasi kahit nawala po ako ng matagal nagawa pa rin po magtiwala sa akin ni coach [Air Padda] na maipasok kanina sa game.”
More than anyone, Padda was happiest to finally get her blue chip recruit on the court.
When asked about Genesis’ potential, Padda said she saw a young Ej Laure in the five-foot-seven spiker.
“Honestly, when I see her, she kinda reminds me of Ej Laure when she was playing.
“That kid has so much potential. She hasn’t developed her jump yet. We’re working on her speed,” expressed the American mentor.
“Trisha’s a good player, she’s definitely gonna get an opportunity to get into the starting six. She’s got a lot of firepower, but she’s got a lot of aspects that she hasn’t learned. But I love her energy. She brings a youthful vibe to the court,” the third-year Lady Falcons head coach added.
The 5-foot-7 spiker was flattered with the comparison, but she is also eager to make her own mark for Adamson.
Among the many schools who recruited her – including the pair of UAAP schools in Diliman – Genesis said she was wooed by Adamson’s persistence.
“‘Yung mga tao mismo kasi sobrang approachable po nila tapos ‘yung pakikipag-usap po nila sa amin talaga hindi nila dinadaan sa ibang tao. Diretso po sa amin.”