It only took Myla Pablo one word to send shockwaves through the Philippine volleyball community.
Last October 30, Twitter user Earl John mentioned: “Hello @UVC_Cocolife, Can we have @Leimau_ and @iamMylaPablo in one team??? Thank you. #PSLAFC” To which the two-time PVL Conference MVP responded, “Soon“. While her response indicates that change is about to happen, it gives rise to a number of scenarios.
First, could it be that Kalei Mau and Myla Pablo will be part of the Philippine national team for the Southeast Asian Games 2019? The emergence of the Filipino-American makes her a likely candidate. However, a lot can happen from now until the SEA Games training camp starts. There are no discussions of a training pool yet or any assurance that both will participate in one.
Therefore, is there a possibility of Mau and Pablo teaming up at Pocari Sweat? That’s unlikely to happen because Cocolife will not give up an emerging star in Mau. They haven’t even seen her full potential for she is still recovering from a shoulder operation.
A transfer by Pocari Sweat-Air Force to the PSL could be what Pablo is referring to but even that cannot be verified yet. Developments for this can only happen during the off-season of both leagues. But there’s no assurance that this will push through.
Or could it be that Bagyong Pablo is about to join Mau’s current PSL team in Cocolife? If it does happen, a Mau-Pablo combination would bring nightmares for opposing teams.
To add fuel to the fire, this blog post has mentioned about “a big volleyball superstar is on its way back to the rival league”. The post dropped major hints like the superstar has to finish the tournament she is playing and one of the three remaining players from their last championship team. Pocari Sweat last won a title during the 2017 PVL Open Conference and only Pablo, Jeanette Panaga, and Elaine Kasilag remain from that squad. Additional clues include that the player is an MVP and an open spiker.
We can only lay out the possible outcomes for now. When will we know what Pablo’s response mean? Soon.