Yung bida nagpapatalo muna sa simula -- Lady Warrior Pablo
Sabi nga ni coach Rico (de Guzman) na 'yung bida laging talo (sa umpisa) pero sa dulo ikaw ang panalo. Parang ‘yun na lang ang (iniisip namin) -- Pocari Sweat ace hitter Myla Pablo
BaliPure is Pocari Sweat’s kryptonite.
Lady Warriors ace and reigning conference Most Valuable Player Myla Pablo admitted that the Water Defenders caught them flat-footed in the opener of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Open Conference best-of-three Finals series at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Saturday.
Pocari Sweat was outclassed by the Water Defenders, 22-25, 19-25, 22-25, to go down 0-1 in the series.
“Every time kalaban namin ang BaliPure nawawalan kami ng receive, blockings hindi namin ma-maintain talaga (yung focus),” said Pablo as she emerged from the dugout after an hour of team meeting.
“Hindi ko lang alam, hindi ko maintindihan ang nangyayari sa amin pag kalaban namin BaliPure,” added Pablo, who was limited to only nine points on the same day she received her first MVP award. “Nawawalan kami ng receive, nawawalan kami ng kumpyansa sa sarili. Parang lagi kaming tulala, parang wala kami sa focus sa loob ng court.”
The Lady Warriors gave away 18 points off errors and allowed BaliPure to nail nine service winners.
Pocari Sweat had no answer to the trio of Aiko Urdas, Jerrili Malabanan and Grethcel Soltones despite having on their side 1st Best Blocker Jeanette Panaga and Best Libero winner Mel Gohing.
But Pablo is keeping her hopes high that they can equalize on Wednesday and force a decider on August 19.
“Normal po sa amin na lagi kami ang naghahabol, lagi kaming nahihirapan,” she said.
“Sabi nga ni coach Rico (de Guzman) na 'yung bida laging talo (sa umpisa) pero sa dulo ikaw ang panalo. Parang ‘yun na lang ang (iniisip namin),” Pablo added. “Kailangan lumaban tayo, nasa Finals ka na eh, kailangan sa Finals pataas na ang performance mo.”
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