Pocari Sweat waiting to re-sign skipper Gumabao
Mark Escarlote on Dec 17, 2016 02:22 PM
Pocari Sweat is still waiting for skipper Michele Gumabao to re-sign with the Lady Warriors.
Pocari Sweat has already secured most of its championship core but is still waiting to ink a deal with one of its vital cogs as the Lady Warriors look to extend its reign in the V-League next year.
After signing top hitter Myla Pablo to a multi-million five-year contract, extensions on most of their core players and the acquisition of former Ateneo star Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, team manager Eric Ty has also re-signed libero Melissa Gohing and close to striking a deal with team captain Michele Gumabao.
“Basta OK na ‘yung core ko,” Ty told ABS-CBN Sports in a phone interview. “Actually si Michele na lang hinihintay ko.”
The team manager said that he is still waiting to meet with the three-time UAAP champion from De La Salle for the formal signing.
“Um-oo na siya pero hindi na kami nagkita. Hinihintay ko na lang kung kelan kami mag-meet para magpirmahan,” he said.
Gohing actually got her contract extension via email a few weeks back but only signed the hard copy of the deal Friday, according to Ty.
Ty added that he is already finalizing talks with new recruits to shore up the squad in its bid for a rare grand slam.
“May mga ilang nakausap na rin akong idinagdag pero hindi ko muna sasabihin kasi inaayos pa namin,” the energetic and very hands-on team manager said.
The Lady Warriors dominated the Open Conference and Reinforced Conference of the V-League in the team’s first year in the 13-year old league.
Pablo won the Open Conference Finals Most Valuable Player and Second Best Oustide Spiker while Gohing and Gumabao were named Best Libero and Best Opposite Hitter, respectively, while leading the team to the crown in a dramatic come-from-behind best-of-three Finals series victory.
Tapping Americans Bre Mackie and Andrea Kacsits as reinforcements in the import-flavored season-ending conference, the Lady Warriors captured its second straight crown with a masterful sweep of the Alyssa Valdez-led Bureau of Customs in the Finals.
Gumabao was named Finals MVP and bagged her second Best Opposite Hitter award while Mackie was awarded Best Foreign Guest Player.
Pocari Sweat will start its training early January.
The team is set to fly to Japan for a vacation trip from January 18 to 21 as part of its championship bonus.
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