Gumabao confirms clearance to suit up for Creamline
Mark Escarlote on Mar 24, 2018 04:13 PM
Michele Gumabao (left) and Mel Gohing will be reunited under the Creamline banner in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference starting May 6.
Newly-crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Globe Michele Gumabao will suit up for Creamline in the coming 2nd Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference set to open on May 6.
The 5-foot-10 opposite hitter confirmed her participation in the import-laden tournament in her return stint in the Sports Vision-organized league after a year since bolting out of two-time V-League champion Pocari Sweat in 2016.
“Akala ko pa di ako matutuloy because of Binibini pero everything worked out and I’m very thankful for Creamline for supporting me all the way,” Gumabao told ABS-CBN Sports on Saturday during the Cool Smashers volleyball clinic held at Dona Juana Subdivision in Rosario, Pasig.
Gumabao will also reunite with long-time buddy libero Melissa Gohing.
The duo were part of De La Salle University’s three-peat champion squad in the UAAP and powered Pocari Sweat to winning the V-League Open Conference and Reinforced Conference crowns in 2016.
“Nakaka-miss din kasi isang taon din kaming nawalay sa tabi ng isa’t isa,” said Gumabao of Gohing. “Pero nakakatuwa rin kasi hindi rin namin inakala na magiging teammates kaming ulit.”
Gumabao transferred to Philippine Superliga club team Cocolife last year before deciding to sign up with Creamline to help top hitter Alyssa Valdez and veteran setter Jia Morado capture the elusive title. She joined Binibining Pilipinas and eventually earned a crown.
But Gumabao’s passion for volleyball will always be her first love.
“Oo naman. My first career is being a volleyball player kumbaga ang pagiging beauty queen gusto ko lang siya to share my advocacy on sports also,” she said. “I can balance both. It’s not that hard and it’s going to be a challenge for me but it’s gonna be better for everybody because I can be an inspiration for a lot of people.”
“Kumbaga it’s a new avenue for me to share volleyball to others, and also other sports. It’s gonna be win-win for everybody,” Gumabao added.
To beef up their lineup, the Cool Smashers tapped the services of their last year’s Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin and Serbian middle blocker Nikolina Asceric.
Joining them are the holdovers from last year’s team in Alex Cabanos, Pau Soriano, Ivy Remulla, Coleen Bravo and Rizza Mandapat. Risa Sato and Jema Galanza were not in the initial lineup submitted by the Cool Smashers but are expected to join the squad after the UAAP Season 80 tournament.
Creamline finished third in both the Reinforced and Open conferences last year.
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