Ito ang pinakamasarap na championship -- Pablo

Mark Escarlote on Jun 15, 2017 11:32 PM
Ito ang pinakamasarap na championship -- Pablo
Ngayon po (ang pinakamasarap) kasi pinaghirapan talaga namin, simula quarterfinals, semis, nandito pa rin kami lumalaban pa rin kami -- Pocari Sweat ace Myla Pablo

Pocari Sweat's top local hitter Myla Pablo considered the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference title as the sweetest of all the three championships the Lady Warriors collected in just a span of two years.

Holding the title after a tough best-of-three Finals series that went the distance against an equally dangerous BaliPure side was a fitting reward for a team that endured adversities all throughout its quest for the crown.

“Ngayon po (ang pinakamasarap) kasi pinaghirapan talaga namin, simula quarterfinals, semis, nandito pa rin kami lumalaban pa rin kami,” said the Finals Most Valuable Player, who dropped 16 points in the Lady Warriors’ series-clinching, 20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19, Game 3 win Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Pocari Sweat won its third straight title after its conquest of the V-League Open and Reinforced conferences last year.

But Pablo, who also won Finals MVP in the V-League Open Conference, ranked this championship as number one on her list.

“Siguro ngayon (ang no. 1) kasi ang dami namin napagdaanan talaga,” said Pablo, who had to sit out two games after sustaining an aggravated back spasm in the Lady Warrior’s eighth game in the prelims.

The Lady Warriors started their campaign with two straight losses and had to play their first seven games all-Filipino after the delay of their imports’ International Transfer Certificates. They lost Bosnian reinforcement Edina Selimovic for the rest of the tournament because of a right hamstring tear and went through the round robin quarterfinals and best-of-three semifinals that went the full distance against the Power Smashers with only American import Michelle Strizak as reinforcement.

Pocari Sweat also had to wait for two weeks for American replacement import Krsytal Rivers to get an FIVB clearance to see action.

The Lady Warriors also faced stiff competition from a young and talented Water Defenders side in the Finals. Pocari Sweat drew first blood, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24, but BaliPure came back, 25-15, 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 15-13, in Game 2 to force a decider.

The Water Defenders gave them an early scare in Game 3 but the championship experience and resilience of the Lady Warriors came through to build their name as one of the best women’s volleyball clubs in the country.

“’Yung import namin na-injure, si Edina, and then ayun nga si Krystal late na nakapasok so for me kailangan talaga ng mga locals mag-step up talaga,” said Pablo. “Ayun worth it naman po ang training namin araw-araw.”

Looking back, could only see one ingredient that gave the team its success.

“Sa Pocari family po kasi kami, wala po kaming inggitan sa bawat isa,” she shared.





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