No Halloween break, no problem for Gohing

There won’t be any beach outing for Melissa Gohing during the Halloween break as the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors intensify their preparation for the battle for the top spot in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference.

Even after a dominating win against the Bali Pure Purest Water Defenders, the Lady Warriors will only have a one-day off as Pocari will go for the top spot against UST, which also holds a similar 5-1 card and fresh from wining the Unigames in Dumaguete.

“Waley,” Gohing said when asked about training break.

“Focus muna sa training. May training kami hanggang Monday. Tapos pahinga din (Tuesday) kasi medyo dire-diretso na. Para di kami masunog, disiplina din sa sarili,” she added.

Gohing recalled how she spent the Halloween break with her family when she was still a kid.

“Nung bata ako, usually sa beach. Yung family ko mahilig nga kami, lakwatsera kami. So beach, ganun. Kasi nung time na nasa Manila kami, yung puntod nung mga (namatay) relatives nasa Bacolod. Minsan hindi na kami umuuwi. Nagbi-beach na lang kami and nagpe-pray na lang kami,” Gohing shared.

But everything took a backseat when she started taking volleyball seriously in college.

Playing for La Salle, which is always joining the Unigames, Gohing’s annual sembreak was dedicated to volleyball especially with the UAAP season being held in the second semester. Even after graduating from college, club tournaments have prevented her from joining her family for the Halloween break.

But Gohing isn’t complaining.

“Siguro kasi kung mahal mo yung isang bagay, hindi mo siya ite-take as parang trabaho,” she said referring to volleyball.

“Ine-enjoy mo yung time kunyari sa training. Tsaka masaya kasama yung mga teammates ko mga kalog kasi. Parang walang dull moments with them. Nae-enjoy din yung ensayo. Hindi yung ‘uhhh training na naman’, ‘di ko masiyadong nararamdaman sa team ko,” she added.

That on and off-the-court chemistry has translated well in actual games as Pocari has yet to lose since their debut.

“Ngayon okay ‘yung team kasi mas nagje-jell na kami. ‘Yun yung pinaka-kulang namin nung first game, nakita naman naming lahat yun. Yun ‘yung wino-work out talaga namin. Ngayon makikita mo na mas okay na kami, may chemistry na, mas okay na lahat, may communication na kami,” she said.

She also credited their imports Breanna Mackie, who topscored with 23 points in their last win over Bali Pure, and Andrea Kacsits for also adapting with the locals.

“Halos lahat naman naga-adjust for each other especially sa imports. Yung imports naga-adjust din with us. Kunyari sa depensa, yung service receive, dun kami nadadale. Naga-adjust din sila for us,” she added.

Their well-built chemistry will be put to test when they take on UST in what is billed as battle for the top spot on Wednesday at the resumption of the tournament.  – By Joyce Palad