WINNING the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference title was a timely tonic from the heartbreaking end to the UAAP careers of Pocari Sweat’s Myla Pablo and Gyzelle Sy.
Pablo, who was named Finals MVP after the Lady Warriors fashioned out an 29-27, 18-25, 25-21, 25-19 win over Air Force in deciding Game Three, felt that she finally had some closure after failing to win a UAAP championship with her former team National University.
The 22-year old second best outside hitter admitted that nothing would beat a collegiate crown but a club championship remains sweet.
“Syempre sobrang saya kasi ayun nga first time namin (Pocari Sweat) sumali sa V-League tapos ito ang kinalabasan, nag-champion kami. ‘Yun nagte-thank you din kami kay God,’ she said.
“And sa UAAP, sobrang disappointing for me kasi hindi ko natulungan ang team ko as a team captain, di ba? Kaya sabi ko sa sarili ko, babawi ako sa ibang league,” she added.
Pablo, however, was lost for words when asked about her Finals MVP award.
“Hindi ko iniisip na ako ang magfa-Finals MVP,” she revealed. “Iniisip ko ‘yung sarili ko na mag-champion lang kami, wala akong pakialam sa award. Gusto namin mag-champion lang as a team.”
The hard-hitting spiker finished with a game-high 23 points, anchored on 21 kills.
On the other hand, Sy was on top of the world after Pocari captured the crown, and it was obvious during the interviews after the championship match.
The pint-sized playmaker played a huge role in the Lady Warriors’ demolition of the Jet Spikers as she had eight points, including the title-clinching service ace for the league newcomer.
The former FEU setter, who failed to reach the Finals in her last playing year in the UAAP as they bowed to La Salle in the semifinals of Season 78, considered the V-League conquest no small consolation.
“‘Yung utak ko talaga positive (sabi ko sa sarili ko), 'Amin ‘to, amin ‘to, hindi na namin bibitawan to (championsip).' Habang nagse-serve ako, ang inisip ko talaga panapos itong service ko, kailangan ace ‘to, ‘yun ang nasa isip ko,” she said.
Sy now plans to return to her coaching stint at Far Eastern University Diliman before she suits up again for Pocari Sweat in the Reinforced Conference.
“Wala pa naman sinasabi sa amin, pero sa ngayon [balik] muna ako sa FERN (FEU Diliman) kasi (member ako ng) coaching staff sa high school na babae. So kailangan kong punan ‘yung obligasyon ko doon and then pag start ulit ng V-League ulit ng may import, doon ulit ako magfo-focus,” she said.
“Actually nag-start na ako noong May tapos nagpaalam lang ako sabi ko tatapusin ko muna itong V-League kasi mahalaga ito eh. Kasi nasa Finals na kami so kailangan na namin i-push so nagpaalam naman ako sa kanila ng maayos,” Sy added.