Galanza admits communication breakdown in loss to UP
Adamson is now closer to make-or-break territory than a Final Four lock.
The Lady Falcons’ roller coaster campaign in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament got into another nosedive when they lost to University of the Philippines, 25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14, at the start of the second round.
Adamson is now in a tight spot with a 3-5 record, two games behind Ateneo and Far Eastern University that both have 5-3 records and are sitting at the third and fourth spots.
Captain Jema Falanza said her team had the desire to win but that intangible got trumped when the Lady Falcons failed to communicate with one another in the fifth set.
“Both of the teams were putting up a fight but it just that we just folded in the fifth set,” said Galanza in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “The communication wasn’t there especially in the fifth set.”
Although the two teams exchanged kills in the final seven points between them, the Lady Falcons had one crucial error that put them in an early 9-6 hole.
Adamson setter Fhen Emnas was supposed to get the ball to one of her hitters but her pass went far too long and ended up on the other side of the floor and beyond the sideline.
Galanza, who had 19 points in the loss, admitted that there have been days when team didn’t even have the full attendance in practice due to the players’ academic commitments.
The skipper said it’s finals season in Adamson and the players have now turned more of their focus on their studies.
“There are day when we aren’t complete because it’s the finals right now in Adamson, even I can’t make it to practice,” said Galanza who is on her final year with the school. “So what happened earlier we just looked at each other instead of properly communicating.”