It was a Thursday night and Adamson coach Sherwin Meneses was missing in action.
The youthful mentor, who took over for legendary Lady Falcons coach Dulce Pante a few seasons back, was in Subic helping out his other team, Arellano, in the ongoing NCAA women’s beach volleyball competitions.
Despite Meneses’s absence, the atmosphere inside the Adamson Gym in San Marcelino was a mix of excitement, giddiness and competitiveness.
After all, they will be facing powerhouse La Salle less than 48 hours from now.
“Kahit wala si Sherwin (Meneses), ganito talaga kami, masaya and happy lang,” assistant coach Marvin Ramoso told FOX Sports.
The Lady Falcons always train with angst and eagerness, making sure there is not a single moment of silence during their drills and scrimmages.
“Yun ang pampa-boost namin sa sarili namin,” team captain Mylene Paat said. “Kaya nakikita ng iba sa amin na mayabang kami. Pero ganun talaga kami mag-training. Kaya yun ang napapakita namin sa game.”
Adamson lost their last game, wasting a 1-set lead to bow to NU in 4 frames. But against the Lady Spikers, they are optimistic, especially after the same Lady Bulldogs team they lost to defeated La Salle just a couple of days ago.
“Halos pumapantay lang kami sa NU, so kung kaya ng NU, kaya rin namin,” Paat added.
“Nakalakas ng loob samin,” chimed in top scorer Jema Galanza. “Kung ano yung nilaro namin nung 1st game, yun din ilalaro namin sa La Salle.”
Ramoso said nothing will be changed with regards to their approach against the Taft spikers, so long as the Lady Falcons follow their instructions.
For Galanza, it’s about fixing themselves internally.
“Tiwala lang sa isa’t-isa,” she stressed. “Hindi dapat isa lang ang gagawa. Dapat lahat gagawa sa loob.” — By Arylle Magtalas