Vargas finds another home in Creamline
Cool Smasher Rosemarie Vargas is wowing fans with the way she’s raising her game in the absence of Creamline teammate Alyssa Valdez in the homestretch of the Premier Volleyball League, touted as the next big hit in the sport organized by Sports Vision with Asics as official league partner and Mikasa as official game ball. (Photo by Nante Azores)
“I have always been independent,” Creamline’s Rosemarie Vargas emphatically declares in Filipino.
A discovery from Olongapo City, the former Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraw says she had to grow up fast following the death of her father early in her high school years. Being independent, the eldest of five siblings explains, was her way of easing the burden her mother, a plain housewife, had been forced to carry on her shoulders.
“Since high school I have tried to be independent; I have been taking care of myself, rarely bothering my family for assistance. My focus was on putting my volleyball scholarship to good use by finishing my studies.”
Fortunately for the former UAAP best scorer from the Morayta squad, she found help when she needed it – and guidance to boot -- from a sister of her deceased father. Eventually with her mother’s understanding, that aunt’s family became her foster family.
And Creamline, she proudly says, is giving her another home, another family.
Now that she’s already a sports management graduate and earning good money from her stints with different teams in the commercial league, Vargas says she’s able to help her four siblings whenever they call her for assistance.
“I send them money when they ask,” she says. She adds that her mother is staying now with her married sister, and that her younger siblings are studying as scholars of a foreign-funded foundation in her city of birth.
More to give in volleyball
At 24, Vargas feels she has more to give in the sport that she started playing for fun in Olongapo City Elementary School. She became a varsity player in all her four years in Olongapo City National High School.
Star-discoverer coach Nes Pamilar of FEU then spotted Vargas while she was playing in the Central Luzon regional meet.
Following her UAAP stint, she made the rounds of several teams in the commercial league including PLDT, Cagayan Valley under coach Pamilar, Pocari Sweat, Bureau of Customs, and Creamline now.
“All my previous teams had treated me good, but I think I’m happier now with Creamline. My present teammates make me feel they are family.”
Cool Smashers coach Tai Bundit has been giving Vargas all the playing time she wants and she’s glad that she’s able to respond to the challenge. She’s on fire in the PVL Conference since the get-go.
If she’s more prolific now she credits their setter, Jia Morado, for it. “She makes me better with her excellent sets. She’s super galing.”
Vargas tells of how Alyssa Valdez was able to motivate her during Game 1 of the Creamline-BaliPure semifinal playoff. She had a sluggish first two sets.
“Ly (Valdez) talked to me during the timeout. She told me not to be pressured, impressing upon me that I should enjoy the game without pressure.”
When she returned to the court, Vargas caught fire, finishing with 19 points as she and Pau Soriano, who had 18, powered the Cool Smashers to a pulse-pounding 25-19, 13-25, 28-26, 18-25, 15-7 win over the gritty Water Defenders.