Pablo willing to switch from open to opposite for a spot in the nat'l team
Mark Escarlote on Apr 18, 2018 05:36 PM
Oo naman (kaya ko kahit sa opposite). Kasi opposite ako nu’ng Philippine team dati noong Asian U-23 -- Myla Pablo
Pocari Sweat star Myla Pablo knows that it won’t be easy landing a spot in the national women’s volleyball team with a pool of hopefuls stacked with open spikers.
The former National University standout will be facing the likes of Creamline’s Alyssa Valdez and Ara Galang of F2 Logistics for the position but the versatile hitter is willing to switch to opposite, if needed, to get another shot at donning the tricolor under head coach Ramil De Jesus.
Pablo hopes to earn a spot in the squad after last seeing action for the PHI team back in 2015 during the Asian Women’s U-23 Championship held in Manila and in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship in China.
“Oo naman (kaya ko kahit sa opposite). Kasi opposite ako nu’ng Philippine team dati noong Asian U-23,” Pablo told ABS-CBN Sports. “Kung saan ako ilagay nina coach doon ako.”
Pablo and teammate Elaine Kasilag joined the second set of tryout Wednesday at the Arellano University gym in Legarda but left early because of their scheduled team practice and tuneup match.
The duo were unavailable during the first tryout set by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. last Friday. The national sports association is looking to assemble a crack squad set to compete in the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia in August and in the AVC Asia Cup in Thailand in September.
“Magta-tryout kami ni Elaine (Kasilag), kasi nu’ng first tryout nasa team building kami na nasaktuhan sa date,” said Pablo. “Babalik-balikan mo (na makasali) kasi para sa bayan naman talaga.”
“Kung ipagpala na makuha man ako, happy. Thank God kasi siyempre para sa bansa ‘yan eh,” she added.
But Pablo admitted that it won’t be an easy task landing a spot in the open spiker position.
“Worried din ako kasi ang daming open spiker na kalaban. Di ba sina Ara Galang? Siyempre si Alyssa Valdez, Ces Molina and then sa Sta. Lucia si (MJ) Phillips, sina Elaine Kasilag. Siyempre mayroon pang Sisi Rondina pa,” she said. “Patibayan na lang kung anong mangyayari.”
If Pablo decides to vie for an opposite spot she will have to contend with the members of last year’s national team in De La Salle University’s Kim Kianna Dy and versatile hitter 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago of National University as well as Cignal’s Mylene Paat.
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