SEASONED libero Mel Gohing can easily tell on which part of the court the ball will land - be it from a service or an attack.
But a certain “JB” and a courting tactic has kept the defense specialist guessing.
For three straight playdates, the Pocari Sweat libero has been receiving a bouquet of white flowers that gets bigger every time.
Before each game, the team would tease Gohing about it, but she insists she has no idea who the mysterious sender is.
“JB, kung sino ka man, pakilala ka na,” Gohing said while carrying the huge bouquet after their win over Air Force, 25-23, 25-15, 25-18 on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
The 25-year old former La Salle star shared how the mystery flowers would arrive at their locker room before each game.
“Pangatlo na, nagstart ‘to noong first game ng quarters so nagulat lang ako kasi biglang (may flowers) kasi wala naman akong kinakausap recently kasi sobrang focused ako sa game,” she said.
“Hindi ko alam ano mafi-feel ko kasi first time nga na may nag-surprise sa akin,” she added. “Effort pa tapos palaki pa nang palaki ang bulaklak na dumadating every time na tumatagal so nakaka-touch lang.”
Gohing is raring to find out who ‘JB’ is as she has no clue at all, except that maybe this mysterious sender might have gotten the idea from her Instagram post about white flowers during her brother’s wedding.
“Wala talaga (akong idea) kasi wala talaga akong kinakausap ngayon as in focused ako sa team,” she said. “‘JB’ ‘yung naka-pangalan pero I don’t know kung ‘yun ba talaga ang real (initials) niya. Sabi niya lang parang good luck on your game, I would love to meet you in person, mga ganoon.”
The bubbly volleybelle continued that she’s not fond of flowers but white roses are an exemption. And she added another personal request for her mysterious sender, all in jest.
“Hindi talaga ako mahilig sa mga flowers, echos kasi gusto ko ‘yung chocolates, mga edible, so ayun nakakatuwa kasi gusto ko talaga white roses and tulips,” she said.
“Sinabi ko talaga eh no? Ha! Ha! Ha! Ay hindi ‘wag naman (magpadala ng ng tulips) mahal na ‘yun,” she added.
At this point Gohing, who admits she has been single for seven months now, said she doesn’t want to think too much about the gesture, especially since she hasn’t met this ‘JB.’
“Nakaka-touch. Hindi pa ako kinikilig kasi hindi ko pa siya kilala,” she said. “Pero parang ang weird ng feeling kung kikiligin ako kasi ‘di ko pa siya kilala so mahirap umasa. Char.”