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first_imgPhoto by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERReturning volleyball icon Mary Jean Balse vowed to give a better showing in Creamline’s next game in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.Balse returned to volleyball action after missing the sport for almost two years due to her pregnancy, but in her first game, she only played sparingly in the second period of the Cool Smashers’ four-set win over Adamson University, 25-17, 18-25, 25-15, 25-22.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “I promise to play better in our next game,” said the 34-year-old Balse-Pabayo. “I think my muscles were kind of shocked because it’s been so long since I’ve played.”Balse-Pabayo said she tried to force her body to get into volleyball shape in a span of two months but she accidentally hurt her back during weight training on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m still adjusting, and I’m trying to put myself into proper condition,” said Balse-Pabayo. “And yesterday, my back gave up on me so I couldn’t move properly during the game and that must be why coach Tai [Bundit] gave me limited minutes today.”And though she’s now the elder stateswoman in her team, Balse-Pabayo said she’s fine with the label. What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena PVL: Air Force subdues Perlas She added that playing with 20-somethings actually gives her a breath of energy after being away from the sport for a time.“We’re getting older and you just can’t back to your younger self in one game,” said Balse-Pabayo. “And it’s great playing with younger players and it’s fun because I get to take some rest during games.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gameslast_img

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