Open Conference MVP Myla Pablo confident Pocari can once again rise from an early series deficit
Myla Pablo and the Lady Warriors overcame Air Force in three matches and believe it will be no different against BaliPure. Jerome Ascano

PVL Open MVP Myla Pablo is confident Pocari Sweat will bounce back after bowing to BaliPure in the first match of the Open Conference finals.

The Lady Warriors suffered a straight-sets loss in the opener of the best-of-three title series on Saturday, and the defending champions spent almost an hour inside the locker room at The Arena in San Juan to discuss what went wrong.

“Normal po sa amin na lagi kami ang naghahabol, lagi kaming nahihirapan,” said Pablo. “Sabi nga ni coach Rico (de Guzman) na 'yung bida laging talo (sa umpisa) pero sa dulo ikaw ang panalo.”

[See BaliPure one win away from PVL title after straight-sets shocker over Pocari]

The Lady Warriors also were down a match before defeating Air Force in the best-of-three semifinals and Pablo said they know what to do to overcome Balipure.

“Parang ‘yun na lang ang (iniisip namin). Kailangan lumaban tayo, nasa finals ka na eh, kailangan sa finals pataas na ang performance mo,” she added.

Like most MVP awardees, the former National University top hitter, handed the conference’s top individual title just before the match, says she’d be happier if the team ends up champions.

“Actually hindi ko expected na ako and MVP talaga, kaya nagulat din ako, parang tinignan ko muna ang screen na ako pala,” she said. “Thank God po rin po kasi lahat ng paghihirap mo nakuha ng sobrang saya. Pero wala eh, champion pa rin ang gusto namin.” 

The second match is on Wednesday and if needed, the decider wil be played on Saturday.

[See Myla Pablo bags MVP, Best Outside Spiker awards in PVL Open]


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