By: Ohmer Bautista
Motolite are in dire need of wins in order to punch their ticket to the PVL Reinforced Conference Final Four.
Though the newcomers kept their playoff hopes alive with a five-set escape act against PacificTown–Army on Sunday evening – notching their first back-to-back victories – they require more than just that to enter the next round.
Thankfully, a much-welcome veteran presence is on its way for Motolite. Team captain Myla Pablo, recently derailed by a sore back, is said to be a few training sessions away from her return.
“Myla’s been training this week. This is her first week back. Her back is doing okay,” Motolite head coach Air Padda said about the two-time V-League MVP
According to Padda, the two-time MVP was ready to share the court with her teammates against PacificTown. Still, the coaches decided not to field her since they want her to break her in to the team after a long layoff.
“It’s just… We didn’t wanna put her in this game because she’s been out for like three weeks,” the American mentor said.
“So I didn’t want to put her in a game like this and have her be the one making errors.”
Though she admitted that her prized captain’s back is already in good condition, Padda asserts that her possible debut on Wednesday will hinge on whether or not Pablo can adapt to their system for the next couple of days.
“She still has to learn our new system… But she’s ready, so maybe she’ll play on Wednesday. I’m not sure.”