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Pocari Sweat: Dynasty rising

The Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors may be frolicking in the sands of Boracay the past few days, but there was a time when things weren’t always fine and rosy. A championship run can have many turning points, and for these women it came early in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference.

Pocari star Myla Pablo slumped on the floor in agony after aggravating the pain in her back after a crucial play. It was only an elimination-round game, but the sight of Pablo in pain had teammates, the coaching staff and fans of the Lady Warriors worrying about the open spiker’s health.

Pocari Sweat. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net
While reinforcements later came to beef up the squad, Pablo remained its heart and soul. On their way to the hospital for Pablo’s checkup, team manager Eric Anthony Ty broached the idea of resting her for the entire tournament. She refused.

“I can’t just leave the team,” Ty recalls Pablo as saying. “There’s a championship for us to win.”

The back injury had bothered Pablo right from the start. When the Warriors opened the season with back-to-back defeats, she was also asked to sit out the conference. But there was no way she would miss out on this run.
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Pablo, who signed a multimillion five-year deal with the club early this year, typified the Lady Warriors’ resilience on their road to the crown at the expense of the BaliPure Water Defenders.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/253461/pocari-sweat-dynasty-rising

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