August 20, 2021

Pablo says Petro Gazz will be better in second conference

Myla Pablo believes Petro Gazz will come back stronger after its bronze medal finish in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.

The two-time Conference MVP said the bronze medal is not bad for the revamped Petro Gazz, which only had a month of preparation before entering the Ilocos Norte bubble.

"Sobrang happy po kasi nakuha namin yung bronze kahit na sa dami ng pinagdaanan namin dito," said Pablo. "Almost one month lang yung training namin hindi namin expect na ganito yung mangyayari and then sabi nga ng coaches namin bago man 'tong team na 'to pero i-feel natin sa bawat isa na family tayo."

Pablo admitted she never reached her peak form coming off a year-long layoff.

And she's vowing to strive harder for the second conference, which is tentatively set in October or November under a bubble format anew in Manila.

"Siguro next ko more training pa kasi siyempre halos lahat ng mga players di pa 100 percent e. Hindi rin talaga inexpect itong mga games na everyday halos lahat din talaga ng players pagod," she said.

"Halos lahat naman ng mga player is tig one year kami so I hope na magkasama sama kami as a team hanggang next conference," Pablo said.

Petro Gazz head coach Arnold Laniog admitted it was challenging to handle a star-studded roster, which is also bannered by Grethcel Soltones, Ces Molina, Ria Meneses, Remy Palma, libero Kath Arado, and mainstay setter Chie Saet.

But he saw great potential despite missing their championship expectations.

"In the future, mas magiging madali para sa amin 'pag nakaharap ulit namin yung mga kalaban for next season. Siguro mas magiging prepared kami as a group," he said. "With this experience, mas tumibay yung relationship ng bawat isa towards the end ng tournament yun yung pinakaimportante." (AL)