Michele Gumabao way better than her La Salle version, says coach

“Experience ang nagdala sa amin.”

In a matchup between youth and wisdom, the veteran players of Pocari Sweat prevailed over the young NU crew in the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

With the match stretching to a grueling 5th frame, Michele Gumabao took charge for the Lady Warriors, taking home the 34-32, 17-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11 victory, the team’s second win in as much outings.

On what carried them past the gritty Lady Bulldogs, Pocari Sweat assistant coach Rommel Abella shares, “‘Yung energy kasi namin umangat.”

“‘Yung intensity namin simula pa lang nire-remind ko na sila na kailangan ma-match namin ‘yung NU or mas mahigitan pa. Kasi pag mas mababa talagang alam namin tagilid kasi kundisyon mga bata na ‘yun. Buti ‘yung intensity nung 5th set umangat,” he added.

Bucking a slow start and being subbed out in the second set due to recurring pain in her right knee, Myla Pablo got her second wind in the last 2 frames where she punished the defense of her former teammates by putting extra power in her kills.

Pablo also finished in double digits with 18 points — 3 of which came from offensive blocks.

Talking about Pablo catching fire during the tail-end of the match, Abella says, “Good thing siya sa amin kasi very timely ‘yung init niya.”

“Pero sabi ko nga from the start pa lang kailangan namin mataas na ‘yung level ng laro namin. Tignan niyo nung first set though nanalo nga kami, pagdating nung second at third set bumaba kami lahat. Good thing ‘yung play nila Myla nandun pa rin,” he added.

Skipper Michele Gumabao registered an impressive 27-point output to top score for Pocari Sweat while outside hitter Elaine Kasilag was not far behind with 21 points.

While the captain is business-as-usual on her net defense with 8 blocks, she tallied a more well-rounded performance by dishing 17 kills, 2 service aces with 13 excellent digs to boot.

“‘Yung blocking niya bumalik. Para na siyang nasa La Salle. Mas maganda pa nga offense niya ngayon kesa nung nasa collegiate siya,” Abella told the press. “Malaki talaga ine-expect namin kay Michele aside from being a team captain. Kailangan ng leader na mag step up if needed at ‘yung pupuntos.”

Everyone contributed for the Lady Warriors but their coaching staff will be looking closely to their service reception which allowed NU to score 18 big points via service aces.

“Every timeout, every break ng game, lagi kong nire-remind sa girls kung ano ‘yung prinactice namin these past two trainings namin which is ‘yung receive namin,” shared the assistant coach.

“Hindi talaga kami nakuntento sa receive na ginawa namin ngayon,” he closed. — By Mac Dionisio

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