PVL: Masaya ako na hindi ko siya ba-blockin -- Gumabao on playing alongside Valdez
Mark Escarlote on May 06, 2018 08:00 PM
Ako siguro one less person to watch out for on the other side of the court and natutuwa ako sa relationship din nila ni Jia (Morado) -- Michele Gumabao on Creamline partner Alyssa Valdez
Creamline new recruit Michele Gumabao enjoyed her debut as a Cool Smasher and playing alongside long-time volleyball rival Alyssa Valdez.
“Ako masaya ako na hindi ko siya ba-blockin, ‘yun lang talaga,” joked Gumabao moments after Creamline crushed Petro Gazz, 25-18, 25-16, 25-13, Sunday at the start of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the jam-packed FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Gumabao and Valdez’s colorful rivalry goes back from their college days. Gumabao won three straight UAAP titles for De La Salle University from Season 73 to 75 with her last two coming at the expense of Valdez’s Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles.
In the pro stage, the opposite hitter and her former team Pocari Sweat denied the Valdez-led Bureau of Customs the Reinforced Conference title back in 2016 in the now defunct V-League.
Gumabao and another former Pocari Sweat player Melissa Gohing were recruited by the Cool Smashers to beef up Creamline’s roster and help capture the elusive title. The Cool Smashers finished third in both the Open and Reinforced Conferences.
“Ako siguro one less person to watch out for on the other side of the court and natutuwa ako sa relationship din nila ni Jia (Morado),” added Gumabao, who recently won the Miss Globe-Philippines crown. “They’re very competitive, they always want to be the best that they can be and syempre nanggaling din kami ni Melissa Gohing from a system na competitive din sa La Salle.
“It’s good na even after ‘yung sa careers namin nadadala pa rin namin ‘yung ethic, ‘yung training, ‘yung high intensity sa training kaya nalalabas namin pagdating sa game,” she continued.
Gumabao finished with nine points off five attacks, two kill blocks and two aces.
Valdez, for her part, also liked that they complemented each other’s game.
“It’s kind of weird but it’s nice talaga na there’s a lot of healthy competition inside the court and I think we siguro nilalabas namin ‘yung best in everyone because of that healthy competition,” said Valdez, who scored 14 points.
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