MVP awardees showed opposite reactions
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 15, 2017 09:28 AM
THE PVL SPECIAL AWARDEES – Women’s division, L-R (above photo): Lari Yongco, best opposite spiker; Jia Morado, best setter; Risa Sato, 2nd best middle blocker; MVP and 1st best outside spiker Myla Pablo; Grethcel Soltones, 2nd best outside spiker; Jeanette Panaga, 1st best middle blocker; and Melissa Gohing, best libero.
Most Valuable Player awardees Myla Pablo of Pocari Sweat and Lorenzo Capate of Cignal showed contrasting emotions minutes before they were to receive the coveted special plums in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.
Informed of their special awards, Pablo’s beautiful face was aglow with exuberant joy while Capate, his shoulders slumped, was tight-lipped and very quiet.
“It’s all worth it,” gushed Pablo, who was also named 1st best outside spiker. “It’s all worth the sacrifices and having to stretch myself almost to breaking point.”
Speaking in Taglish, the Lady Warrior, the backbone of Pocari Sweat’s ascension to three consecutive titles in three attempts, recalled how she had pleaded to coach Rico de Guzman to be replaced in the fourth set of Game 2 of their semifinal playoff against the Hair Fairy Shampoo-Philippine Air Force Lady Setters.
“I was already gasping for breath and very exhausted, but Coach said to endure it. I didn’t know where I got the extra energy to continue playing.”
Beaten in Game 1 in straight sets, the Lady Warriors survived the next semifinal playoff match to forge the winner-take-all rubber, which they won in five grueling sets, to advance to the finals against BaliPure.
Nearly two hours later after her headiness over her two special awards, Pablo was reduced to a picture of utter dejection when the Lady Warriors were broken by the gritty Water Defenders in the opener of their best-of-three championship series in straight sets yet.
Which explained Capate’s so-so reaction and slumped shoulders when told about the MVP trophy he was to receive. He was coming off Game 1 winner Cignal’s five-set setback to Mega Builders in Game 2.
“It would have been better if instead of the MVP trophy, my teammates and I would receive the gold medal,” he said, his voice unusually low and lifeless.
It was exactly the sentiments of his two teammates and co-awardees, best setter Vince Mangulabnan and best libero Sandy Montero.
But when their names were called out one by one during the awarding and cheers went up in the air, joyful smiles returned to their faces.