Myla Pablo (May 10-20)
By Theodore P. Jurado
NATIONAL University averted a fourth set meltdown to eliminate Adamson in the Shakey’s V-League championship race, thanks to Myla Pablo.
With another five-setter looming in the horizon, Pablo unloaded three straight kills to close out the match for the Lady Bulldogs, who won the tightly-contested semifinals series, 2-1.
By hacking out a 24-26, 25-20, 25-15, 25-22, NU clinched its first-ever finals appearance and arranged an interesting duel with defending two-time champion Ateneo.
In the decider, Pablo had five blocks for a 20-point output, as the Lady Bulldogs standout copped the Player of the Week honors for the week of May 14-19.
“Ibinigay na niya (Pablo) ang lahat. I told my players to give their best because there is no tomorrow,” said NU coach Edjet Mabayyad.
The Lady Bulldogs and the three-peat seeking Lady Eagles begin their best-of-three championship series on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Pablo became the third NU player to win the weekly honors after guest player Rubie de Leon and 6-foot-1 tower
She scored 12 hits in the Lady Bulldogs’ Game 1 loss which ended their unbeaten run.
In NU’s series-tying win, Pablo stepped up her game by drilling in 14 points and collecting seven digs.
Pablo beat her teammate Dindin Santiago and Ateneo guest player Jeng Bualee for the weekly honors.
As the stakes go much higher, expect Pablo to elevate further her game for the Lady Bulldogs to win their first-ever championship.