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UAAP Womens Volleyball Preview: Adamson Lady Falcons

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With a powerhouse all-female coaching staff headed by an American mentor, the Adamson Lady Falcons is expected to return to the Final Four after a disappointing finish last season.

Airess Padda, the 2008 California State Los Angeles MVP, was tapped as the team’s head coach in May last year to replace four-year head coach Sherwin Meneses who resigned after Adamson crashed out of the Final Four race midway the second round.

Serving as Padda’s deputies are former UAAP champions Michelle Gumabao of La Salle and Angeli Tabaquero of UST, as well as legendary Lady Falcon Cherry Macatangcay.

The Lady Falcons showed promise when it opened last year’s UAAP season by beating UST in five sets. But the San Marcelino spikers lost their next four games, ending the first round with a dismal 3-4 win-loss record.

They eventually dropped all their remaining games in the next round, including a defeat from perennial cellar dweller UE.

And much like UE, Adamson is definitely out for redemption with ace outside hitter Jema Galanza, libero Jellie Tempiatura and junior Bernadette Flora still in the fold. Galanza and Tempiatura should take leadership roles, having played for semi-pro leagues in the offseason.

Fans are also counting on 6-foot middle hitter Mary Joy Dacoron who is Padda’s main project being a middle blocker during her college days.

Other key acquisitions Ronjean Momo and setter Anwarlyn Mohammad will likewise return to fortify the rebuilding Adamson team.

Padda and her championship caliber deputies, however, will still have their hands full since former team captain Mylene Paat opted not to play for another season due to personal reasons while Adamson’s UAAP Season 78 breakout star May Roque is also yet to return to the lineup after sustaining an ACL injury in the previous year. (Alex Cerado)

2016 UAAP Finish: 7th place
Fastbreak’s prediction for 2017: 7th place