It took her 42 tries but the wait is finally over for Shaya Adorador as she scored her first win in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament as UE drubbed Adamson in straight sets Wednesday at the FIlOil Flying V Center.
Though considered to be one of the stronger spikers in the collegiate ranks, breaking into the winning column has escaped the hands of Adorador for almost 3 seasons.
With UE head coach Francis Vicente threatening to leave his post if the team exits the competition winless, the Lady Warriors showed their might as if telling their mentor to stay and continue the fight.
“Sobrang saya ko po. Nakakatuwa po kasi napa-iyak ko ‘yung tatay ko at ‘yung coaches namin sa harap ng maraming tao kasi pinatunayan namin na ayaw namin sila mawala,” Adorador told the press.
Instead of having zero confidence heading into their last outing, the girls off Recto surprised the fans in attendance with a happy aura which was the complete opposite of the listless play of the Lady Falcons.
On keeping the faith despite the seemingly insurmountable roadblocks, the outside hitter says, “Alam ko na ‘yung patience may kalalabasan. Alam ko po na mananalo din kami balang araw. Pana-panahon lang po talaga ‘yan.”
During the last frame, Adamson looked poised to stage a comeback via the heroics of Jema Galanza but the wall put up by Roselle Baliton, who finished with 9 kills and 4 blocks, and Adorador’s 14-point output sealed the deal for the embattled squad.
An ecstatic crowd awaiting the La Salle-NU matchup cheered their hearts out for underdog UE, obviously loving the thought of the team exiting with a solitary win.
And though the Lady Warriors will still remain at the bottom of the rankings with a 1-13 record, Adorador says the win and the atmosphere during the match still felt like they were playing the game of their lives.
“Ganun ‘yung intensity ng game. Nakita naman po natin kanina ‘yung sigawan ng mga tao akala mo championship,” she said.
“Pinaglaban namin kung ano ‘yung pinaghirapan namin dahil kanila coach.” — By Mac Dionisio