BATANGAS City — For Myla Pablo, it’s Air Force or she’s out.
Myla Pablo says she plans to opt out of her final year with Pocari Sweat if the team ends the partnership with Air Force and field another team in the 2019 Season of the Premier Volleyball League.
“May meeting ako with Pocari next week so hindi ko pa alam ang plano namin,” Pablo told a handful of sportswriters after Pocari Sweat ended its campaign in the PVL Open Conference on Wednesday at Batangas City Coliseum.
“Kung Air Force man masayang masaya kami kasi hindi na mabubuwag ang team namin ngayon.”
Although they ended up with a 7-7 win-loss record and fell short of the semifinals, Pablo said she is comfortable playing with Air Force after being with them for six months. It is still uncertain, however, if the Federated Distributors Incorporated franchise will continue the partnership with Air Force.
“Kung Air Force ang kasama ko (ok ako) pero kung another team talaga as in ayoko na,” said Pablo. “Kasi ang hirap eh, kasi ako mismo sa sarili ko mahihirapang makisama sa ibang team.”
“Siyempre kapag another team ka na naman adjust na naman, makikibagay ka na naman eh. Gusto ko kasi kung ano ang team ngayon yun na lang hanggang matapos ang kontrata ko,” she added.
“Ako naman, sinabi ko na sa FDI na ayaw ko ng ibang team. Ako gusto ko Air Force ang makakasama ko hanggang matapos ang kontrata ko. Ang hirap kasi, kumbaga kung other team talaga papa-buyout ako,” she said.
Pablo along with Elaine Kasilag and Jeanette Panaga were the only players from Pocari Sweat to join Air Force. Pablo signed a five-year deal with Pocari Sweat with a package amounting to P3 million and a brand new car.
Pocari Sweat failed to make it to the final four of the PVL for the first time in franchise history.
In 2016, the Lady Warriors moved to the PVL from rival league Philippine Super Liga. They won the Reinforced and Open Conferences immediately after transferring but in 2017 they only defended the Reinforced Conference and lost to PayMaya in the Open Conference.