After off-season drama, Melgar explains Adamson return

All’s well that ends well.

Back in 2015, talks were loud about the apparent transfer of UAAP Season 77 best digger and best receiver Rence Melgar of Adamson University to another school.

The prized libero has been vocal on social media about his frustrations with the team, specifically on how he does not see eye-to-eye with head coach Domingo Custodio.

But what was truly the root cause of their misunderstanding? Apparently, it was the entry of new libero, Jelex Mendiola, into the San Marcelino squad.

“It was a misunderstanding between me and my coach. I went a bit overly dramatic,” admitted Melgar.

“He recruited a new libero and I took that the wrong way,” he added. “I know it’s not an excuse, but I’m young. It was like somebody took away my candy so I felt bad.”

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The lack of communication led to Melgar openly seeking a new home to bring his talent to in the collegiate ranks.

“I tried going to schools like UP, San Beda and I even tried to go back to NU. They all welcomed me. I was also invited by Benilde. There were doors that opened,” shared the Bulacan native.

Talking about being on his way out the door, Melgar adds, “I already got my documents and I was about to transfer already to UP.”

Adamson made a good save, however, when its former sports director Luisa Isip intervened.

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With the line of communication open again between the defensive ace and his coach, the rough patch was soon straightened out in time for Season 78.

“The sports director asked me if I was still willing to go back to the team so he can ask our coach,” said Melgar.

“I think it was God’s call that I return,” he added. “Coach accepted me back with arms open wide. We talked and we even cried and it was all okay after that.”

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Now back in the fold, Melgar returned for the Falcons in the UAAP where he shared his playing time with the team’s other libero in their first game of the season.

Losing some minutes to Mendiola, though, didn’t seem to bother him anymore as he considers his decision to stay one of the best ones he ever made.

“I think I made the right decision. This is my home and I already started my collegiate career with Adamson,” said the 5-foot-8 student-athlete.

“The best takeaway from all of this drama is we are all now open to dialogue. If we feel bad or if we have something to say, we say it now instead of keeping it all inside,” he closed. — By Mac Dionisio

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