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    Myla Pablo urges teammates to step up as Pocari eyes fourth straight title

    Jun 30, 2017
    Myla Pablo and the Lady Warriors look to extend their reign. Jerome Ascano

    ALL eyes are on Myla Pablo in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after claiming the Finals MVP award in the Reinforced Conference, but she is urging teammates to step up as Pocari goes for a fourth straight title.

    "Siguro kailangan mag-step up pati 'yung mga teammates ko. Kailangan ko kausapin na magtulungan tayo... Madala ko sila sa leadership at madala ko 'yung pagiging matapang ko din katulad nung Reinforced, ma-apply ko sa all-Filipino," said Pablo.

    The Open Conference features Filipinos and foreigners who are long-time Philippine residents and gives Pocari a chance for a back-to-back title run in the rebranded PVL after the Lady Warriors won the last two tournaments of the V-League.

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    The tournament opens on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Warriors begin the title bid on Sunday against University of the Philippines.

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    Pablo is hoping her teammates would step up, stressing that other teams are eager to end their reign. The Lady Warriors also have Melissa Gohing, Elaine Kasilag and Fille Cainglet-Cayetano.

    "Actually, marami like Creamline, Air Force. Halos lahat. Kailangan lang 'yung team ko din, kung ano itatapat, maging wais ka kasi hindi puwedeng puro lakas lang. Kailangan, utak din," Pablo said.

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    Pablo was described by American import Michelle Strizak as “import-like” and the former National University player looks to have the same mindset in the Open.

    "Siguro, mindset ko kasi kailangang makipagsabayan ako sa import kasi 'yun talaga," Pablo said. "Hindi porke’t may import ka, aasa ka sa import. For me talaga, kailangan tulungan ko ang mga import ko na mapag-champion 'yung team. Hindi puwedeng import lang, kailangan local din."

    "Ang mindset ko, maglaro lang kung ano mabigay sa team. Kung hindi ako makapalo, bumabawi ako sa receive, sa depensa, or blockings lang po. Siyempre, andiyan din mga teammates ko na chine-cheer po ako. Malaking bagay na chine-cheer ako ng team," said Pablo.

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