Gumabao, Gohing get chance to win first SVL title together

Mark Escarlote on Jul 07, 2016 05:32 PM
Gumabao, Gohing get chance to win first SVL title together
Long-time buddies Michele Gumabao and Melissa Gohing are two match wins away from winning another title together since dominating the UAAP four years ago.

It’s been four years since Michele Gumabao and libero Melissa Gohing celebrated a championship together.

They won it for the green and white.

The former De La Salle University duo now has a chance to win another title together but this time as veteran leaders of Pocari Sweat when the Lady Warriors face Philippine Air Force in the 13th V-League Open Conference best-of-three championship series starting July 13.

Gumabao and Gohing led DLSU to a three-peat in the UAAP from Seasons 73 to 75. Gohing, named UAAP rookie of the year in 2009, won four titles for the Lady Spikers with her first back in Season 71.

Decorated stars during their collegiate career, the two are not as lucky outside the UAAP.

In their stint in the Philippine Superliga, Gohing and Gumabao together with former DLSU teammates finished second in the 2014 Grand Prix under the Generika Lifesaver franchise.

They transferred to Philips Gold the next season and had consecutive third place finishes in the All-Filipino and Grand Prix before the club bolted out of PSL to try their luck in the V-League      

The duo can quench that thirst a week from now.          

“Ito ang dream ng buong team. Kasi lagi kaming third place di ba?” said Gohing, who in V-League Season 10 Open Conference finished second with Smart-Maynilad behind Cagayan Valley.

Gumabao is playing in her first stint in the league and is now two match wins away from claiming her first volleyball title since graduating from DLSU.

“First time naming sumali sa V-League tapos Finals agad,” she said.

“Siyempre ito na yung pinakahihintay naming chance (ni Mel) na mag-champion ulit,” added Gumabao.

The former Lady Spikers were instrumental in the Lady Warriors’ championship berth campaign, holding the team together to complete a come-from-behind semifinals series win over the crowd-favorite Alyssa Valdez-led BaliPure Purest Water Defenders.

Gumabao dropped 15 points with 16 digs in Pocari Sweat’s, 15-25, 27-25, 25-11, 25-23, win in the series decider last Monday while Gohing manned the floor like her life depended on it with 19 digs and 18 excellent receptions.

The Lady Warriors are yet to win a game against the Jet Spikers, the first of two teams that dealt Pocari Sweat their only two losses this conference.

 

 

 

 

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