Sobrang pagod na rin kasi kami -- Lady Warriors ace Pablo

Mark Escarlote on Jun 06, 2017 09:26 PM
Sobrang pagod na rin kasi kami -- Lady Warriors ace Pablo
Although hindi naman pwedeng isipin mo na pagod ka pero ‘yung katawan mo at utak mo ayaw na magtugma -- Myla Pablo

Pocari Sweat players are already feeling the effects of their long and tiring campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.

The physical toll of playing in a very tight schedule in the preliminary round and in the round robin quarterfinals showed Tuesday when the Lady Warriors suffered a painful 26-24, 25-22, 18-25, 23-25, 13-15, loss in Game 2 of the best-of-three semifinals at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Not taking it as an excuse but Pocari Sweat top hitter Myla Pablo admitted that fatigue was a factor in their collapse.

“Actually pagod na pagod na din eh,” she said. “May game ngayon tapos bukas training ng gabi minsan nga 12:00 (midnight) na kami nakakauwi ng gabi eh. Ang training namin 7-10 p.m. Bibiyahe ka pa pauwi. Eh kinabukasan may game na naman. Tapos lahat may work pa kaya lahat pagod.”

In their last five games starting from the end of the prelims, the Lady Warriors had four five-set decisions. Pocari Sweat dropped a five-setter against Philippine Air Force in a duel that pulled them into the quarterfinals, which had a schedule of just a day’s rest in between games.

The Lady Warriors avenged its loss to the Jet Spikers with a five-set win to start the quarters, won another five-setter over Creamline before sweeping Perlas. Pocari Sweat drew first blood in the semis series, again, in five sets.             

“Actually ‘yun din ang ano (problema) namin sobrang pagod na rin kasi,” said Pablo, who is still nursing a lingering sore back. “(Sa) quarterfinals diretso ang games namin wala kaming pahinga. Air Force five sets, Creamline five sets, Perlas three sets kaya wala kaming pahinga.”

Pablo scored 20 points in Game 2 of the series, tried to power back the Lady Warriors in the fifth set but came up short in the end.

Tired and defeated.

“Although hindi naman pwedeng isipin mo na pagod ka pero ‘yung katawan mo at utak mo ayaw na magtugma,” she explained. “Iniisip ng utak mo na ‘wag kang mapagod pero ‘yung katawan mo ayaw na gumalaw. Parang gusto mo sumigla sa laro pero ‘yung katawan mo ayaw na sumigla.”

Pocari Sweat and the Power Smashers dispute a spot in the best-of-three Finals on Thursday.

All Pablo and the Lady Warriors could do now is lick their wounds and play better in the next game.

“‘Yun ‘yung iniisip namin na sana ‘wag naman (momentum nasa Power Smashers na) sana makabawi kami sa Thursday kasi napakaimportanteng game kasi do-or-die,” said Pablo. “Kasi ‘yung Game One pinaghirapan namin makuha tapos ibibigay lang namin ng ganoon lang. Kailangan ang mind set namin, ‘Sa atin ‘to.’ Hindi pwedeng ganoon lang, matatalo lang kami, ‘wag dapat ganoon.”






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