As the Adamson Lady Falcons bid adieu to Jema Galanza, Mylene Paat and Fhem Emnas due to graduation, a new leader has stepped up to lead the charge in making a return trip to the Final Four of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
Named by head coach Airess Padda as team captain, Eli Soyud is confident that they have what it takes to challenge for a semifinal berth in Season 81. “For me ready naman na kami, nagwowork hard naman kami every training dun sa weaknesses namin and kung anuman ang magiging lapses namin winowork out naman namin so feeling ko ready naman na kami.”
Soyud, a transferee from De La Salle to Adamson in 2016, sees a lot of positive development in their line-up especially with their playmakers. Having played with the likes of Emnas and Kim Fajardo, she constantly guides and motivates their young but talented setters in order for them to gain confidence. “Ginuguide ko lang sila, tulad ng mga sinasabi ng mga coaches, syempre nireremind ko lang ung mga dapat nilang gawin, yung mga plays na dapat nilang ibigay.”
The Negros native suffered a huge setback last year when a meniscus tear injury kept her out of action for roughly two months in last year’s PVL Open Conference. Now, she is ready to go at full strength for another UAAP season. “Okay naman na yun injury ko. Nakakasabay na ako sa trainings,” she added.
Her injury was one of the main factors why her team, the Adamson Akari Lady Falcons, ended the Open Conference winless in 14 games. But instead of dwelling in that result, she uses it as motivation to do even better for the San Marcelino-based squad. “It helps me actually. Kasi parang mas nainspire ako. Mas naging hungry ako na maglaro at tulungan yung team ko at maguide yung mga rookies.”
Soyud will be the main pilot of the Lady Falcons’ postseason hopes. The injury that she endured only strengthened her will to continually fight. It’s the same resolve that she will try and spark from Chiara Permentilla, Joy Dacoron, MJ Igao, CJ Pinar, Bernadette Flora, Toni Rose Ponce, and the rest of the team. It’s that same fight that will determine whether Adamson’s flight to the Final Four will be a safe landing or a disastrous crash.