Gorayeb on conference MVP Pablo: ‘Matapang na player’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 17, 2017 12:20 PM
Gorayeb on conference MVP Pablo: ‘Matapang na player’
I SHOULD KNOW. Head coach Roger Gorayeb and conference MVP Myla Pablo are happy for each other's successes.

Last conference, Pocari Sweat topped BaliPure for its third title.

Last Wednesday, BaliPure took revenge, took the championship series against the same Pocari Sweat, and took home its first-ever championship in the 2017 Premier Volleyball Open Conference.

Through all of Game 2, however, Lady Warrior leader and conference MVP Myla Pablo wasn’t giving up that easy.

Pablo kept her team coming and top-scored for them with 21 points all while playing through stomach cramps.

That show of heart was no longer a surprise to opposing coach Roger Gorayeb of the Water Defenders. “Si Myla, expected ko na naman. If you will remember, in the first conference, ini-stretcher nga siya tapos after ilang games, pumupuntos na ulit.”

He then continued, “Si Myla kasi, matapang na player.”

Of course, more than having to go up against her, Gorayeb knows a thing or two, and then some, about the conference MVP as the two were mentor-mentee back in their time in National University. “Tuwang-tuwa ako kay Myla, yung success niya sa volleyball. Ang wish ko sana, kung anuman yung sakit niya, parang wala lang yun,” he said.

And obviously, the always jovial coach would love a reunion with Pablo now in the PVL. As he said, voicing out his wishful thinking, “Kung pwede nga lang na kunin ko siya, kukunin ko siya e.”

For her part, the former Lady Bulldog and now Lady Warrior said she was likewise happy for Gorayeb. “Masaya po ako para sa kanya kasi nakapag-champion po siya. Masaya po ako para sa kanila kasi natutulungan nila ang coach nila,” she said.

She then continued, “’Di po nila siya binigo na makuha ang championship na ‘to.”

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