Eleven of the 12 imports have arrived to boost the half-dozen teams seeing action in the 2015 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix which blasts off Oct. 10 at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.
Apart from World Grand Prix veteran Lynda Morales of Puerto Rico, all the reinforcements have started practicing with their teams, according to the league.
Petron’s Rupia Inck and Erica Adachi were the first to arrive last Sept 1. They were followed by Liis Kullerkann and Christina Alessi of Meralco, Sara McClinton of RC Cola, Bojana Todorovic and Alexis Olgard of Philips Gold, Katie Messing and Lindsay Stalzer of Foton and Amanda Anderson and Ariel Usher of Cignal.
For years, National University’s Myla Pablo did her role behind the shadows of her star teammates.
But those days were over as Pablo’s time to take the spotlight presented itself in the semifinals of the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Collegiate Conference with teammate Dindin Santiago-Manabat out and it culminated in the best-of-three Finals duel with Ateneo.
“Myla, when I came to be the coach of NU, was the quiet kid,” said NU head coach Roger Gorayeb. “I just started talking to her, and then I saw her confidence grow.”
MANILA -- Myla Pablo jumped from the platform where she’s standing into the arms of National University (NU) coach Roger Gorayeb.
Teary-eyed and filled with joy, Pablo embraced Gorayeb like a little child, not minding the crowd cheering her on after an outstanding performance.
A fitting reward for all her hard work, the 22-year-old open spiker was named the Shakey’s V-League 12 Collegiate Conference Finals Most Valuable Player after NU outplayed the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles in the decider of the best-of-three championship series Sunday.
MANILA -- Ateneo de Manila’s stay on cloud nine ended Sunday with a service landing beyond the baseline.
In just a snap, the Lady Eagles as well as their throngs of supporters were awaken off the euphoria of Ateneo’s past successes.
It took the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs two superb games to make the Lady Eagles realize they are not invincible.
Usually beaming, Alyssa Valdez found it hard to be in a bright mood on Sunday.
Valdez had no reason to smile, not after the Lady Eagles yielded the Shakey’s V-League championship to the National University Lady Bulldogs despite holding a 1-0 series lead.
A distraught Valdez, with her bubbly personality bursted following the straight-sets loss, said that Ateneo lacked “a little bit of everything.”
MANILA -- National University (NU) turned the raucous sea of blue inside The Arena in San Juan into a quiet gloomy Sunday crowd when the Lady Bulldogs shot down the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles in Game 3 to take the crown of the Shakey’s V-League 12 Collegiate Conference.
Sweet-hitting Myla Pablo powered NU to its second title after completing a come-from-behind series win with a shocking straight set 25-21, 26-24, 25-19 victory over the opponent favored to win it all behind Conference Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez.
The Lady Bulldogs kept the Ateneo spikers at bay with their solid defensive wall and excellent floor coverage to complement NU’s balanced attack.
Their weaknesses brought to light, Ateneo and National University will try to amplify each other’s strengths and seize the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Collegiate Conference title in a winner-take-all finale Sunday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles have a gem of a hitter in Alyssa Valdez, who powered them to victory in the best-of-three series opener two weeks back, while the Lady Bulldogs evened up matters and forced a rubber match with siblings Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago doing heavy damage in Game 2.
NU coach Roger Gorayeb knows the key would be to put the clamps on Valdez, whom the Lady Bulldogs contained to just nine hits in a one-sided 25-22, 25-17, 25-17 win last week.