It’s a no-brainer that other squads look at defending champion Creamline as the team to beat in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.
But more than its star-studded line-up and veteran core, the Cool Smashers’ success and expected good run comes from the foundation it built that resulted in a winning culture.
The team did struggle in its maiden campaign before working its way up to where it is now - both a champion in the import-laden and Open conferences.
After all Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Now with a chance to solidify their claim as PVL’s powerhouse team, the Cool Smashers are relying on their tried and tested core and team chemistry in spite of having a new foreign coach, the addition of new local players and a pair of impressive imports.
“From the last conference marami ang core ng players na ever since nagkaroon ng Creamline Cool Smashers kami-kami na rin ang naroon,” said Creamline’s prized hitter Alyssa Valdez. “So I think it’s a good sign na maganda ang foundation namin as a team.”
Back to help Valdez retain the throne are local stars Michele Gumabao, Melissa Gohing, Pau Soriano, Rissa Sato, Jema Galanza, Coleen Bravo, top setter Jia Morado, Rizza Mandapat, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Kyla Atienza and Rose Vargas. Joining the crew are Far Eastern University’s Celine Domingo, Heather Guino-o and playmaker Kyle Negrito.
Creamline re-signed Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin and will introduce a new reinforcement in Venezuelan veteran Aleoscar Blanco.
“‘Pag may mga pumapasok naman di naman nalalayo ang mantra nila or attitude and character ng mga players kung ano ang gusto namin as a team,” added two-time conference Most Valuable Player Valdez.
"I think maganda na mayroong culture na naitayo at na-build ang team namin. Kasi maraming players na nasa Creamline ever since na natayo, kami pa rin ang nandoon,” Valdez said.
The Cool Smashers will be under a new coach in former Chinese national team player Huanning Li, who replaced Tai Bundit of Thailand.
“We have a new coach, we have a new system so we hope na dahil dun iba rin ang mabibigay namin this conference,” said Valdez.
Though the team is stacked with big names in local volleyball, Valdez points out that what’s good about their team is that players know very well their specific role.
“My teammates are very humble and down to earth, they’re really taking the roles kung ano ang role nila in our team. Yun talaga ang ginagawa nila,” she said.
Creamline will be tested on Sunday against PetroGazz.
Catch the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference starting May 26, Sunday LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, iWant and via livestream.
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