Just two games into the second round and Lucille Almonte is already loving her new role at Adamson University.
“Okay naman, happy kasi doon pa lang nakikita ko na yung saan ako mas nakakapag-contribute sa team,” shared Almonte, who was plugged into the libero role to address the team’s passing woes in the second round.
“Hindi naman mahirap na mag-adjust kasi parang hindi naman nabago yung receive and defense as nung opener ako nung round one.”
Almonte was one of the top spikers in the first round with a total of 70 across her name. Aside from that, she was also the Lady Falcons’ most efficient scorer as she ranked eighth in the league in success rate with 31.9 percent.
That is why it came as a surprise when she played as a libero in the team’s five-set loss against University of Sto. Tomas on the first day of the second round last Thursday. Despite the defeat, Almonte still made a good account for herself in that game with 14 excellent receptions.
Eventually, the switch finally produced the team with a win as Adamson annihilated University of the East in three quick sets, 25-16, 25-14, 25-9, with Almonte recording a team-best eight excellent digs to go along with four excellent receptions.
And so far, Lady Falcons head coach Lerma Giron is liking the effort and consistency coming from her spiker-turned-libero.
“Very good. Maganda yung pinapakita niya since nung last game namin with UST and this game talagang yung consistency,” said Giron.
“Even though may mga minor na kailangan pang i-work out, pero yung consistency nandoon talaga sa receive and sa defense.”