Mafu-frustrate ka talaga -- Valdez on Cool Smashers' woes
Halata namang nag-struggle talaga ang team, as a newly-formed team na rin siguro. Frustration, definitely as an individual and as an athlete mapu-frustrate ka rin talaga but doon mo rin makikita kung paano magka-recover din -- Alyssa Valdez
Superstar Alyssa Valdez couldn’t help but be frustrated at Creamline’s shaky campaign in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
But the power-hitter takes it as a challenge as the Cool Smashers look to recover as they go along the conference.
Creamline, considered as one of the top contenders for the crown during the pre-season parading a solid lineup led by the three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, struggled in its first four games, losing three including its current two-game slide.
“Halata namang nag-struggle talaga ang team, as a newly-formed team na rin siguro. Frustration, definitely as an individual and as an athlete mafu-frustrate ka rin talaga but doon mo rin makikita kung paano magka-recover din,” said Valdez, playing in her third team since last year when she suited up for BaliPure (Open) and Bureau of Customs (Reinforced) in the V-League.
“This is one way of challenging yourself to be patient and understanding. Hopefully stronger na (kami) when we come back sa mga upcoming games pa,” she added. “Challenge ‘yun to stay composed inside the court.”
“I think it’s all part of the game but we have to see the good things, the positive sides of everything.”
The 23-year-old hitter is averaging 24.5 points per game while behind her in production is Francesca Racraquin (8.75 points per outing).
On defense, Valdez has an average of 3.13 digs per set.
But Valdez could only do so much. Her teammates need to step up and avoid piling up too much errors, 8.25 errors per set average, to get back on the winning track.
“Siyempre hindi rin naman natin maiiwasan na we came from different backgrounds, culture, volleyball training and system also but we’re taking it slow, taking it one step at a time,” said Valdez. “We’re trying to adapt din yung tinuturo ni coach Tai (Bundit) as a team not only as an individual para mag-work kami as a team din also.”
“Sinasabi ko sa teammates ko, siyempre never give up kasi hindi pa naman tapos din ang laban,” the Cool Smasher added. “Definitely we have to stay positive kasi kung 'di kami maging positive sino pa ang magiging positive sa side namin?”
Creamline will take on Philippine Air Force on Saturday hoping to make a repeat against the only team the Cool Smashers have beaten so far in the tournament.
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