Myla Pablo took the fall as NU skidded in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament, pinning the blame on herself for failing to step up as the team captain.
But the Tarlac native rebounded in a big way Sunday, helping lead the Lady Bulldogs to a sweep of Adamson to open their 2nd round campaign at the FilOil Flying V Center.
“Syempre medyo nahiya naman ako kasi as a captain, wala akong natutulong sa team ko,” she said. “So ngayon naman, kailangan ko i-push yung sarili ko. Kailangan kaya kong dalhin yung team ko.”
On what keyed the impressive blanking of the Lady Falcons, Pablo said it was just about going back to their old habits.
“Nung game namin nung UP, ang tahimik namin masyado,” she said. “Hindi kami nag-iingay, para kaming nakatulala. Wala sa focus.”
“So sabi namin, Adamson game natin, yung dati na ang angas natin at ingay, ibalik natin. Ginawa namin sa training, so ngayon in-apply namin. Kaya sa game, medyo naging okay naman,” she added.
Putting the pieces back together, Pablo and Jaja Santiago finally delivered for NU and combined for 27 markers.
The duo, who were particularly bad against the Lady Maroons, played throughout the 3 sets with fervor.
“Inisip namin na yung tatlong games na yun, kalimutan na natin na nangyari. Panibago ulit ito,” she said. “Kami namang mga senior at mga bata, nag-usap-usap kami bago mag game. ‘O tara kaya natin yan. Basta teamwork lang tayo.'”
But even with the easy triumph, Pablo said the Lady Bulldogs still need a lot of work to return to contender status.
“May kulang pa. May miscommunication pa kami and mga bola na di nakukuha, yung blockings namin,” she said. Sabi nila coach Roger (Gorayeb), medyo kulang pa. Push pa natin yung sarili natin.”
So what was really wrong with NU?
“Wala talagang problema sa team,” she stressed. “Nasa amin na yun kung ano gagawin namin.” — By Joyce Palad