PVL: Valdez pays tribute to MVP Pablo
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 15, 2018 12:39 PM
Premier Volleyball League Season 2ís first batch of awardees: (L-R) Jia Morado, best setter; Jeanette Panaga, 1st best middle blocker; Myla Pablo, MVP and 2nd best outside spiker; Alyssa Valdez, 1st best outside spiker; Michele Gumabao, best opposite spiker; Mary Joy Dacoron, 2nd best middle blocker; Lakia Bright, highest scorer in a single match; Lizlee Ann Pantone, best libero; and Tess Nicole Rountree, best foreign guest player. (Photo by Jace Gepuela)
“Myla is one of the best players in the Philippines right now,” said superstar Alyssa Valdez of Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Most Valuable Player Myla Pablo.
“She is a very dedicated player, one who can ably carry her team and who will continue to play even if she is in pain. She’s very deserving of the top award.”
As last season's MVP and the consistent source of offense for eventual champion Creamline, Valdez was considered by many, including Pablo herself, as a shoo-in in reaping the most coveted award.
The Pocari Sweat franchise player was stunned when she was named the Reinforced Conference second MVP. Her eyes bulged out of their sockets in disbelief until Valdez, who settled for the 1st best outside spiker award, nudged her towards where the trophy and its presenter were awaiting her.
“Ayaw pang maniwala ni Myla,” loudly commented PLDT ace Johnvic de Guzman, huddled in one corner of the court together with his fellow male awardees. “Ayaw pang maniwala na siya ang MVP, hindi si Aly.”
This is the second straight MVP plum for Pablo in the two-year-old PVL, winning the first in the Open Conference as well as the 1st best outside spiker award in 2017.
She had a lot to thank for her first MVP honor. This year she dedicated the second to “my special someone” who is causing the extra glow on her face and who has put that diamond ring that’s sparkling on her finger.
Schaudt adores Morado
Meanwhile, Creamline’s foreign reinforcement Laura Schaudt could well provide another solid reason behind teammate Jia Morado’s selection as best setter – and Finals MVP as well.
The American shook her head as she recalled her dismal performance in her first game when she scored only one point. A heart-to-heart talk with Morado and coach Tai Bundit and the former’s brilliant setting, she said, resulted to her becoming a major scorer for the Cool Smashers from the second game all the way to the finals.
“I owe Jia 100 percent for what I became after my first game,” Schaudt declared without batting an eyelash. “How I would like to bundle Jia off to the US so that she could become my permanent setter! She made me a better middle blocker and attacker. I utterly adore her.”
Brightest spot for BanKo Perlas
It’s hard to overlook Lakia Bright’s splendid showing for bronze medalist BanKo Perlas game after game.
In recognition of her unusually productive overall performance highlighted by a 41-point output against second placer PayMaya in Game 3 of their semifinal playoff, Bright was fittingly accorded a special award for posting the highest individual score in a single game.