MANILA – With a skill set so distinct and unique, it wasn’t difficult for the volleyball community to notice the young player from National University several years ago.
Yet despite her talent and power, there always seem to be road blocks in her rise to stardom. Whether it be fans bashing her for being too passionate in the court, or people being surprised for her sudden inclusion in the national team, or even the alleged subpar performance in her last season in the UAAP, it did not seem to be an easy road for Myla Pablo.
But when it mattered the most, the volleybelle delivered.
Now that her collegiate career is over, Pablo has embraced a new role for her club team Pocari Sweat Lady Spikers. Not only is she an experienced player of the squad, but she is also one of its most lethal offensive gunners.
All throughout the conference, Pablo has made a good account of herself. Although she was slowed down for a few games due to an injury, Pablo’s performance has been spot on ever since she got back.
Yet none of it would really matter if her team will lose the semi-finals series in the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference.
In Game 1 of the semi-finals at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan, it was disclosed to the public that the 22-year old spiker was rushed to the hospital the night before the game due to over-fatigue. But going against doctor’s orders to sit out and rest, she still chose to play the opening game of the series. Her team went on to lose the match in a bad beating by the Bali Pure Purest Water Defenders.
In Game 2 of the best-of-three series, Pablo stepped up to her coaches’ challenge. Whether performance or leadership wise, she took the challenge positively and came out blazing. The Lady Spikers won the game in five action-packed sets.
So the series boiled down to a rubber match on Monday at the PhilSports Arena. Again, none of Pablo’s previous efforts would mean anything to her and her team should they choose to give up and lose the fight.
But ever since the former national team player emerged from the dugout, Pablo was the epitome of a determined athlete ready to win it all.
And win it all they did. The Lady Spikers won against the Purest Water Defenders in four thrilling sets.
Right after the match, a very jolly ecstatic Myla Pablo entered the press room.
“Syempre masaya kasi kahit first time naming sumali sa V-League, then finals agad,” she said. “Yung hirap ng training namin nasuklian kasi nasa Finals kami.”
Yet despite her strong showing of 26 points in 22 attacks, three blocks, and one service ace, the game was not a walk in the park for her. In certain parts of the match, the 5’9” Tarlac native was seen upset, if not, frustrated.
“Pag wala akong nare-receive na maayos, pag di makapalo teammates ko, nado-down ako,” she admitted.
“Pero nandyan naman si ate Michele na nag-aangat sa amin sa loob ng court,” she continued. “May tiwala kami sa isa’t isa.”
And amidst the high mountain to climb just to dispose of their feisty opponents, Pablo did not even think of quitting. During the difficult times, only one thing was on her mind.
“Hindi pwede. Kaya ko ito.”
In Season 78 of the UAAP, her consistency and leadership was questioned by many. This time around, Pablo has once and for all silenced her doubters. She proved that her name deserves a spot in the roll of Philippine volleyball superstars – that she, too, can rise up to the challenge and slay.
After all, she is not known to be “Typhoon Pablo” for nothing.