Thailand training pays off for Adamson, says coach

With a solid win in their opening game, Adamson’s week-long training camp in Thailand is looking to be a good investment. 

The Lady Falcons turned back UST and its late-game rally, 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 28-30, 16-14, to take home win number one in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig.

“Training in Thailand was a huge help. It boosted the morale of my girls,” shared Adamson head coach Sherwin Meneses.

“That’s our biggest takeaway from the training in Thailand, to make them feel like they are at par with the rest of the teams,” he added.

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True enough, the San Marcelino squad came firing on all cylinders, zooming to a 2-0 lead going into the third set.

UST is not to back down without a fight, however, as the Golden Tigresses banked on Cherry Rondina’s explosive performance to extend the match to a decider.

“My veterans have a tendency to give up during latter parts of the sets. It was crunch time and I expected them to carry the team but the good thing is they were able to recover,” said the mentor.

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And recover they did.

With Rondina and EJ Laure on fire, Adamson leaned on their own big gun Jema Galanza, who finished with a career-high 28 points.

Galanza’s output did not surprise her head coach.

“Galanza really worked hard on improving her skills. She promised that she will be a better player this year than last year and she delivered,” said Meneses.

Asked if the Laguna native is set to continue the tradition of Adamson’s powerful outside hitters after Angela Benting and Bang Pineda, the mentor said that his prized outside hitter gets uncomfortable with comparisons.

“She doesn’t like being compared to other players,” said the coach. “But Pineda is very helpful to her ‘little sister.’ She gives Galanza tips on how she can hone her skills further.”

With 35 excellent digs and 17 excellent receptions, the patented Adamson defense, which was missed last year, is finally back as the squad’s main weapon.

All this can be attributed to the conditioning the team went through in the off-season.

“What’s noteworthy in that match is we saw the results of our rigid conditioning. It took us five sets and my players didn’t show any signs of fatigue so that’s a good sign,” he closed. — By Mac Dionisio