Ever since college OK kami -- Michele Gumabao on buddy Amy Ahomiro
Good friends Michele Gumabao and Amy Ahomiro finally found themselves on the same side of the of the court.
They went after each other’s throats back in college and even fought for a Finals berth in the 13th V-League Open Conference.
Pocari Sweat team captain Michele Gumabao and Amy Ahomiro of BaliPure are always finding themselves on the other side of the net.
But on Sunday, the good buddies were given a chance for the first time to share the same side of the court.
The former UAAP rivals teamed up to help Team Palaban beat Team Puso, 25-21, 19-25, 25-15, 25-22, in the V-League All-Star Game at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
“It was fun naman. I’m really excited to play with Michele,” said the former Ateneo de Manila middle Ahomiro.
Ahomiro scored 12 points coming from five kills, five aces and a pair of kill blocks while Gumabao, who led the Lady Warriors in their Open and Reinforced Conference title conquest, had eight points for Team Palaban.
“Even though we don’t train and stuff we have natural chemistry naman,” Ahomiro said of the former De La Salle star. “It was nice to have her next to me instead of the other side of the net.”
Gumabao, who denied Ahomiro the title in UAAP Season 74 and 75, said that many people don’t know that they are actually close friends even back in their college days. Yes they are bitter rivals inside the court but outside they're good buddies.
“Ever since college OK kami ni Amy. Kaya kaming dalawa kapag nag-aasaran, naga-angasan kami dalawa talagang asaran lang (ng magkaibigan),” she said.
Could’ve been teammates in green
Both players had colorful volleyball careers during college.
Gumabao was part of De La Salle’s three-peat from Season 73 to 75. Ahomiro got two titles from Season 76 to 77.
In Gumabao’s last two seasons in La Salle before foregoing her final playing year, she and the Lady Spikers crushed Ateneo in their championship showdowns. Ahomiro was then in her first two years with the Lady Eagles.
But before the Kiwi volleybelle wore the Katipunan-based squad’s blue uniform, she trained with Gumabao and the green-clad Taft-based squad.
Ahomiro could’ve been Gumabao’s teammate in La Salle.
“Bago kasi siya mag-Ateneo nag-training siya sa La Salle for one summer,” said Gumabao.
The two became friends because Gumabao’s mom is a close friend of the family that took care of the foreign-student Ahomiro.
“So talagang ever since college days isa siya sa mga close ko talaga sa Ateneo team. Because family friend talaga and kakilala ko siya outside of the court,” Gumabao added. “Kaya ngayon enjoy (na magkakampi kami) kasi yung Tita namin sa isang team lang magtsi-cheer. Kasi lagi niyang sinasabi na kapag magkalaban kami ni Amy (di niya alam sino itsi-cheer) so yun ang asaran sa amin.”
Both of them, according to Ahomiro share the same passion for the sport and that bonded them even tighter.
“It was exciting kasi we’re both very passionate and we’re both really loud on the court so parang it’s like playing next to myself-ish,” she explained. “We have the same vibe eh so it was really fun. I hope we’ll do it again one day soon.”
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