Gumabao's leadership, Bundit's training regimen behind Pocari Sweat's hot start, says coach Abella
Coach Rommel Abella says Pocari Sweat's hot start is largely due to their 'Big Three' of Michele Gumabao, Myla Pablo and Elaine Kasilag. Dante Peralta

POCARI Sweat's 'Big Three' of Michele Gumabao, Myla Pablo and Elaine Kasilag continue to wreck havoc as the Lady Warriors took the solo top spot in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference.

The league newcomer cruised to its third consecutive win in as many matches after it disposed Laoag, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, in on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

Gumabao and Pablo finished with 13 points apiece, while Kasilag added 11 in a match that took just an hour and 15 minutes.

Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella gave credit to his three main offensive options, citing Gumabao’s leadership as the glue that binds the team together.

“I guess ‘yung condition ng katawan nila and I guess ‘yung leadership ni Michele kasi every training nakikita namin na pinu-push niya ang mga teammates niya to perform better kahit sa training lang,” he said.

The former La Salle star has been the consistent top scoring option for the as she unloaded 27 points against National University and 13 against University of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Abella was pleased to see that their hard training, patterned after Ateneo coach Tai Bundit’s Spartan-like regimen, was paying off on both ends of the court.

The Lady Warriors limited also Laoag top hitter Jessica Galanza to only nine points, her worst scoring so far as the hard-hitting spiker had 16 against Iriga and 14 against NU.

“Ang focus talaga namin as a team is ‘yung gagawin namin on the court on our part, hindi ‘yung tinitignan namin kung sino ang makakalaban namin,” he said. “Ang focus namin is ‘yung part namin, ‘yung essentials  kumbaga para manalo sa laro, receive, defense and then block.”

The Lady Warriors will have a week to prepare before they face Baguio on Saturday.  

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