Former UAAP rivals team up in V-League All-Star
De La Salle products Melissa Gohing and Michele Gumabao of Pocari Sweat will team up with their former UAAP rivals from Ateneo de Manila for Team Palaban in the 2016 V-League All-Star Game.
Former UAAP rivals team up for a cause in the 2016 V-League All-Star Game at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City on Sunday.
Ex-De La Salle stars Michele Gumabao and Melissa Gohing reunite with former Ateneo de Manila star Amy Ahomiro and current Lady Eagle top setter Jia Morado but this time playing on the same court and wearing similar color of jerseys for Team Palaban.
Gumabao and Gohing, vital cogs in Pocari Sweat’s Open and Reinforced Conference crowns, denied Ahomiro, now playing for BaliPure, and the Lady Eagles the title in UAAP Season 74 and 75 when they were still playing for the Lady Spikers in the second and third of the rival schools' five straight championship showdowns.
For Morado, now considered as the Lady Eagles’ new leader in the UAAP since the departure of its stars Alyssa Valdez, Mae Tajima and Ahomiro last season, this will be her first time to play with Gumabao and Gohing. She started playing in the UAAP a year after Gumabao and Gohing left DLSU.
The four players and 20 of the best volleybelles in the league that played in the Open, Collegiate and Reinforced Conference will gather in a charity event that will benefit the victims of Typhoon Lawin that is scheduled to tipoff at 5:15 p.m.
Team Palaban will be handled by Rommel Abella of Pocari Sweat, Jerry Yee of UP and Kungfu Reyes of UST.
Morado, Ahomiro, Gumabao and Gohing will be joined by Pocari Sweat’s Myla Pablo and Gyzelle Sy, University of the Philippines’ Marianne, Diana Carlos and Isa Molde, Cherry Rondina and Ria Meneses of University of Sto. Tomas and Far Eastern University’s Toni Basas.
Valdez banners Team Puso and will play with former Ateneo teammates Dzi Gervacio and Denden Lazaro for the first time since they last saw action together for BaliPure in the Open Conference. The Phenom transferred to newcomer and Reinforced Conference runner-up Bureau of Customs.
They will be joined by Laoag’s Jema Galanza and Wennethn Eulalio, Philippine Air Force’s Jocemer Tapic and Wendy Semana, EJ Laure of University of Sto. Tomas, BOC’s Femela Emnas, Far Eastern University's Remy Palma and Elaine Kasilag of Pocari Sweat.
Laoag coach Nes Pamilar, Air Force’s Jasper Jimenez and Sherwin Meneses of BoC will serve as the team’s coaching staff.
The Spikers’ Turf All-Star will start at 3:00 p.m.
Team Hataw is composed of Open and Reinforced Conference champions Jessie Lopez, Louie Chavez, Reyson Fuentes, Jeffrey Malabanan and Mark Alfafara of Philippine Air Force, National University’s Ismail Fauzi and Bryan Bagunas, Cignal Edward Ybanez and Vince Mangulabnan, Berlin Paglinawan of Champion, Patrick Rojas of Army and Kheeno Franco of Instituto Estetico Manila. Calling the shots are Rhovyl Verayo of Air Force, Dante Alinsunurin of NU and Norman Miguel of Champion.
Team Galaw will be bannered by Ateneo’s Mark Espejo, Ish Polvorosa and Rex Intal, De La Salle’s Raymark Woo and Geuel Asia, Jason Uy, Cignal’s Ysay Marasigan and Peter Torres, Rodolfo Labrador of Air Force, Greg Dolor of IEM, Alfred Valbuena of UP and College of St. Benilde’s Jon Vic De Guzman. The coaches are Cignal’s Macky Carino, Oliver Almadro of Ateneo and Jun Balubar of IEM.
Fans will also get a chance to join their favorite players for some fun and games from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. All ticket holders of ringside and patron can go to center court to have the signature of the players and for some photo-op.
Four signed balls are up for bidding.
Catch the Spikers' Turf and V-League All-Star Games LIVE on November 20, Sunday starting 3 p.m. on S+A channel 23, S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/spikersturf and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.