Pocari Sweat’s team captain Michele Gumabao urged teammates to take responsibility after yet another crucial loss in the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference against Bali Pure.
After winning 6 straight games to start the tournament, the Lady Warriors are now on a 2-game skid, no thanks to fatigue that has seeped in and largely affected the crew in their recent losses.
“Nahihirapan talaga yung iba samin na makabalik. I mean, after a bad game, yun yung basis ng isang magaling na player for me. After every bad game, kaya mong bumangon,” she said. “It’s not that you have one game na magaling ka, not that you have one game na star player ka, kailangan kung magaling ka talaga na player, consistent ka.”
“Hinahanap lang namin sa team namin ngayon is consistency. Di kami nagkakasabay-sabay. May magandang laro, may panget na laro. For the past two games off talaga kaming lahat and for some reasons, walang may gustong trumabaho. Everybody wants to give up responsibility right now because natalo nga kami,” she added.
Gumabao recently had a ruptured abdomen, an injury that has limited her the past few games. And against the Purest Water Defenders, it was only her and Elaine Kasilag who delivered on offense with 11 points apiece.
“Kung ano nangyari these past two games, nasa saamin yun. Kami may kasalanan nun, kami may kagagawan nito sa sarili namin,” she explained. “God’s telling us something, God is teaching us something. Siguro sobrang tigas ng ulo namin (kaya) hindi kami natututo.”
“Yun lang yung medyo hinahanap ko personally sa teammates ko ngayon, is for everybody to take responsibility for the loss, for our two losses, for a mistake, for a bad game. We have to take responsibility.”
After coming back to stun the Purest Water Defenders in their first matchup in the elimination round, Pocari surrendered the lead in almost all of the scoring statistics.
But with their backs against the wall, Gumabao hopes the Lady Warriors will respond in a positive way.
“Pag nededemoralize, tuloy-tuloy na. Yun yung kailagan namin i-overcome as a team. Not just one player but as a team,” she said. “Yung pag napuntusan ka, pag natalo ka ng isang set, pag natalo ka ng isang game, you have to get back up.”
“It’s not about me, it’s not about our setter. It’s not about individuality talaga. It’s about the whole team taking responsibility for our mistakes.” — By Joyce Palad