PVL: Pablo, Espejo cop MVP honors
Pocari Sweat-Air Force top hitter Myla Pablo earned the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Most Valuable Player award.
Pocari Sweat-Air Force top hitter Myla Pablo bagged the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Most Valuable Player award after a stellar performance for the Lady Warriors.
Pablo captured her second MVP award after copping the highest individual honor in the inaugural season’s Open Conference.
The Pocari Sweat franchise player bested MVP-favorite Alyssa Valdez of Creamline.
Pablo averaged 16.5 points per game in the preliminary round with 39.09% success rate in attacks.
The National University product brought her team – which went through and overhaul after the departure of most of its core from last year’s champion squad – into the Final Four but eventually lost the crown in a three-game loss to Creamline.
“Ako sa sarili ko nagulat ako na ako ang tinawag na MVP kasi ang ano talaga namin si Alyssa talaga. Kasi si Alyssa naman talaga ang maganda ang ipinakita,” said Pablo, who was ruled out for the rest of the conference after sustaining a lower back injury during team warmups before the semis do-or-die match.
“Ako hindi naman ako nakapaglaro sa do-or-die (Game 3 noong semis) so hindi ko in-expect na tinawag ako na MVP,” she added. “Ako naman masaya ako kasi nakuha ko ang MVP and kahit papaano natulungan ko ang mga teammates ko na makapasok sa semis kahit bigo kami for the Finals.”
Pablo was also named as 2nd Best Outside Spiker while other individual winners were Valdez (1st Best Outside Spiker), Jeannette Panaga of Pocari Sweat (1st Best Middle Blocker), BanKo’s Joy Dacoron (2nd Best Middle Blocker), Creamline’s Michele Gumabao (Best Opposite Hitter) and Jia Morado (Best Setter) and PayMaya’s Lizlee Ann Pantone (Best Libero).
American Tess Rountree of PayMaya got the Best Foreign Guest Player award while Kia Bright of BanKo received a special recognition (Most Points Scored in Game) after her 41-point production in Game 3 of the semis in a loss to PayMaya.
Meanwhile, Marck Espejo of Cignal earned the men’s MVP award and 1st Best Outside Spiker honor.
Espejo averaged 23.2 points per game in the prelims with a 50% success rate in attacks. He normed 0.47 kill blocks per set, 0.53 aces per frame and had 67.50% efficiency rate in receptions.
Other winners were Air Force’s Fauzi Ismail (2nd Best Outside Hitter), Cignal’s Rex Intal (1st Best Middle Blocker), Vice Co.’s JP Bugaoan (2nd Best Middle Blocker), and PLDT Home Fibr’s John Vic De Guzman (Best Opposite Hitter), Rochette Villegas (Best Setter) and Rence Melgar (Best Libero).
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