MYLA Pablo said she immediately felt the improvement in her game and confidence, just days after ending her stint with the Philippine team that finished seventh place in the Asian Under-23 Women’s Volleyball Championship.
In her first game in a local competition since her stint in the Asian Under-23 event, Pablo scattered 31 points as Philips Gold beat Foton in five thrilling sets to bag third place in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference on Monday night before a packed crowd at the Imus Sports Complex.
After playing against tall teams like China during the Manila showpiece, the 5-foot-10 Pablo admitted being more comfortable and more confident playing against the Tornadoes in the consolation battle.
“Malalaki ‘yung kalaban (sa Asian Under-23). Sabi ko sa sarili ko,'Kapag kalaban ko ‘yung Foton, gagawin ko ‘yung ginawa ko sa RP,'” said Pablo.
“Parang pagbalik ko ng PSL, parang ang gaan ng pakiramdam ko. Parang lumilipad ako. Parang ganun. Feel ko tuloy, ang taas ng talon ko kapag nakikita ko ‘yung bola,” said Pablo.
The National University standout said she learned a lot from her stint with the Philippine team especially after seeing Thailand, which like the Philippines isn't blessed with a tall lineup, yet went toe-to-toe with China in the gold medal match.
“Natutunan ko na kapag may blockers, kailangan mo rin ipa-check ball or cross court. Ginawa ko sa Foton ‘yun kanina,” said Pablo.
“Naisip ko din na kaya din natin (mga Pilipino) kasi kaya ko pala i-check ball o cross court para ma-miss ‘yung block. Utakan lang,” she added.
Pablo is also part of the Philippine pool for the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore next month, and she vowed to become even better in the future.
“Sisipagan ko pa sa training,” said Pablo.