MANILA, Philippines – After injuries to her knees and back hobbled Myla Pablo in her final year with Pocari Sweat, the powerful spiker is once again fully healthy and ready to lead a young team in the new season of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL).
Pablo, a former PVL Most Valuable Player, was released from her contract in November 2018, ending a successful stint with Pocari Sweat that saw her help the squad win three championships.
On November 30, it was confirmed that Pablo would be playing for Motolite starting the 2019 season of the PVL.
“Ngayon talaga, it’s a new team, new coaches, and new journey nga,” Pablo said Thursday during the Volleyball Grand Fans Day at Trinoma. “I’m really excited.”
Pablo confirmed that she is now back to full fitness, after well-documented issues with her back and knees hampered her last year. The prolific spiker was unable to lead Pocari to the semifinals in the Open Conference last season, and settled for fourth place in the Reinforced Conference.
“Ngayon okay na. Cleared na lahat,” said Pablo, who did not need to undergo surgery but nevertheless went through five months of intense therapy after their campaign in the Reinforced Conference was over last year.
Pablo will be the veteran presence on a young team that features some players from University of the Philippines, including Ayel Estrañero and Marist Layug, and former Adamson University Lady Falcons.
Former Adamson coach Airess Padda will be calling the shots for Motolite.
“First time ko magka-coach na babae,” Pablo noted. “Ayun lang, kung ano ‘yung mga dapat niyang gustong mangyari sa team namin, gagawin namin para sa ikakabuti ng team.”
She is ready to take on a greater leadership role for the team, especially as several of her teammates will be fresh out of college.
“Ilang taon na ako naglalaro,” said Pablo. “Ngayon makakasama ko mga bata. Siguro, ibibigay ko yung best ko, and then gagawin ko kung anong makakaya ko para sa team ko.”
“Bilang Ate siguro, tutulungan ko sila. Hindi lang sa laro pero sa attitude din nila,” she added.
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