MYLA Pablo admitted that Creamline outplayed Motolite through its depth and cohesion in Game One of their best-of-three semifinals series in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference.
Motolite failed to sustain its strong start as Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado came back and lifted Creamline to a 18-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-14 victory on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan City.
“Kahit hindi bumalik 'yung dalawa, mananalo't mananalo pa rin sila sa amin e kasi buo sila e, may tiwala sila sa bawat isa,” said Pablo after the loss.
“Yun 'yung kulang namin sa loob ng court, kumbaga nawawalan kami ng kumpiyansa sa loob ng court, and then nara-rattle din kami,” she added. “Kumbaga 'yung kabilang team, relax lang sa loob ng court, kami parang nawawala kami pag lumalamang 'yung Creamline.”
As Motolite fell on the brink of elimination, the former PVL MVP took the blame as she was held to only six points.
“As nakakatanda sa mga bata, mismo sa sarili ko, wala akong nagawa. Alam kong isa ako sa inaasahan ng team kanina, hindi ko nadala 'yung team, kaming dalawa ni Iris (Tolenada),” the outside hitter said.
Although Motolite only had less than 24 hours to go back to the drawing board as Game Two is set on Sunday at 4 p.m., Pablo is not losing hope as they try to equalize the series.
“Sabi namin nila coach Goddy sa meeting namin, wala na tayong time for practice so ibigay namin 'yung best natin,” she said. “Kumabaga makatsamba tayo tomorrow, may Wednesday pa.”
For them to stand a chance? Pablo said that their head coach Godfrey Okumu stressed that they have to repeat their first-set stunner to Creamline in Game One and sustain it the whole match.
“Kumbaga ibalik namin 'yung game namin noong first set, today ng Game One. Kung ganun nilaro namin, mananalo kami,” Pablo said. “Pero kapag, kumabaga kung ganun nilalaro namin sa second set, 'di kami mananalo e. Kahit sabihin pa namin na walang Alyssa at Jia diyan, matatalo pa rin kami. 'Yun ang sinabi sa amin ni coach Goddy.”