MYLA Pablo is still cautious with her approach to the ball despite being cleared to play from a right metatarsal sprain.
After missing three matches from a two-week recovery, Pablo returned to action on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference but admitted that she is still working to regain her lethal form.
“Actually kaya naman pero siguro may ilang pa kasi ito yung pangapproach ko, ito yung pangtalon ko kaya medyo naninibago pa lang pero kaya naman,” Pablo told reporters.
The two-time MVP only played in the last two sets and had two points in their rousing 25-19, 25-23, 25-22 victory over Chef’s Classics at the Arena in San Juan City.
Motolite head coach Godfrey Okumu and his staff decided to play Pablo sparingly as the team needs their star outside spiker to be in her lethal form in their upcoming big games against BanKo on Saturday and Choco Mucho on Wednesday next week.
“We talked about letting her come in just a few balls not to put her under pressure because we have very strong games coming up so we do not want to let her strain too much,” Okumu said.
Holding a 7-3 win-loss record at third place, the Kenyan coach admitted that earning a semifinals berth is still a tall mountain to scale against a lot of strong contenders this conference.
But Okumu believes that Pablo will help Motolite in fulfilling their semis bid.
“But I believe she’s strong, she has a strong heart and she’ll be able to accomplish our mission,” he said.