Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

The Transitions of Chery Tiggo Mylene Paat. –PVL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Mylene Paat does not intend to win the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Empowered Conference MVP whose sole purpose in this tournament is to help Chery Tiggo regain her lost glory.

The left-handed counter spiker emerged as the best local player in the knockout round, the only Filipino to sit third among the league’s top 5 scorers with 160 total points built on 148 spikes, nine blocks and three aces. PLDT imports Elena Samoilenko and Prisilla Rivera from Akari, who scored 213 and 206 points respectively in eight games.

However, Paat is not considering an individual award that could be his first MVP award.

“For me, I’m not looking for (MVP) because my goal is to help my team. As long as we rise and win together, that makes me happy already,” Paat said in Filipino. 25-20, 18-25, 22-25, 25-16, 18-16 win over PLDT at Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday.

“If I received a bonus from God and of course PVL. I will still be grateful,” he added.

The Filipino women’s volleyball star, who played as an import for Nakhon Ratchasima last Thai Volleyball League season, gave his points to coach Clarence Esteban and his coaching team and said it allowed them to reach higher.

“Our coaches allow us to explore our skills on the court. No matter what we do, they trust us. In each tutorial, they let us try out the things we want to do. They don’t stop us from pushing ourselves to our limits,” Paat said.

Paat was happy to take the Crossovers back to the semifinals after finishing eighth consecutive in the first two conferences. He was also relieved to finish a two-game spin before moving on to the next round by dodging a PLDT in a tight fifth-set duel to finish with a 6-2 card.

“Lagi lang namemin sinasabi sa loobing ng court na Kailangan sa push isip natin, sa atin to. Yung martial spirit team kailangan namin ilabas, nangyari naman nung fifth set.” (We always tell each other on the field that we have won this match in our minds and hearts. We showed the fighting spirit of our team in the fifth set.)

Back to zero in the semifinal round, Paat swears to have the same mindset during the critical phase of the end-of-season conference as the top two best-recorded teams advance to the finals.

“Just like our mentality in qualifying, we’re going to play one step at a time and one game at a time,” Paat said.

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