PVL: Gumabao a perfect fit with the Cool Smashers
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 01, 2018 05:16 PM
"The Cool Smashers have welcomed me with so much genuine warmth and sincerity that I feel we’ve been teammates for long.” - Gumabao
Even after delivering her accurate cross-court kills, former De La Salle Lady Spiker Michele Gumabao would land on the floor, trade celebratory high fives with teammates and return to her position head held high and straight-backed.
Like the beauty queen that she is.
The inclusion of the reigning Miss Philippines Globe to the star-studded Creamline squad has infused more power and a touch of glamour to the Cool Smashers.
Known for the patented Lady Spikers’ swagger, Gumabao says her on-court behavior has mellowed not because a beauty queen is expected to show regal ways at all times, but rather, she claims, because setter Jia Morado is very commanding when in play.
“Jia is very commanding when we’re playing and that has mellowed me some,” she disclosed. “Her quiet but forceful presence on the court has rubbed off on me.”
Gumabao keeps telling anyone who cares to listen that she tremendously enjoys playing with former Ateneo Lady Eagles Alyssa Valdez and Morado, whose alma mater will always be the arch nemesis of hers.
“The two and the rest of the Cool Smashers have welcomed me with so much genuine warmth and sincerity that I feel we’ve been teammates for long.”
She has quickly proven her worth after she was the third best scorer behind Thai reinforcement Kuttika Kaewpkin and Valdez in Creamline’s first three games, contributing nine points against the Petro Gazz Angels, 10 against the Banko Perlas Spikers in a losing cause, and eight against the PayMaya High Flyers.
Fans, particularly those from the provinces, have found the athlete-beauty queen very sweet during the meet-and-greet features of the Premier Volleyball League on Tour matches held in Tuguegarao and Batangas.
There hasn't been a trace of impatience or feigned smiles on her face whenever she has posed for a selfie or signed an autograph during the meet-and-greet sessions. She will oblige any fan who will request her for a photo op with a radiant smile that never fails to reach her eyes.On and off the court, Gumabao has indeed been a perfect fit with the Cool Smashers.