Everything’s turning up cream and roses for Pau Soriano
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 06, 2017 09:56 AM
A grimly-determined Pau Soriano (No. 10) of Creamline attempts at putting a middle attack past two Air Force blockers Joy Cases (No. 12) and Jocemer Tapic (No. 17) in the second of their preliminary meetings. The Cool Smashers repeated over the Lady Jet Spikers in straight sets, a win that shoved them outright into the semifinals.
Pau Soriano got so used to playing for coach Nes Pamilar and Cagayan Valley that she never thought that, after the champion team’s disbandment late last year, she’d find another team as close to her heart.
Two teams later she found it in the Creamline Cool Smashers, the new kids on the block in the debuting Premier Volleyball League organized by Sports Vision in a joint effort with Asics as official league partner and Mikasa as official game ball.
Recruited for Creamline coach Tai Bundit, Soriano says she’s readily fallen in love with her new teammates and gotten the same respects the coaching staff have accorded their star player Alyssa Valdez and foreign reinforcement Kuttika Kaewpin from Thailand in the form of a permanent spot on their starting six.
Nothing would please a middle attacker of Soriano’s stature more than to start for her team.
At 25, the five-foot-seven product of Adamson University’s volleyball program feels she has so much more to give in her sport, a claim backed up by her steady support of the prolific twosome of Valdez and Kaewpin in terms of scoring.
In the Cool Smashers’ two preliminary meetings against the Balipure Water Defenders, top seeds and their nemeses in the ongoing semifinal playoffs, Soriano exploded with 15 and 11 points, respectively, though both in a losing effort.
With Valdez herself leading the welcome of her teammates on Creamline, Soriano says the Cool Smashers have quickly bonded with one another in a very short time.
Not to mention that the team, she adds, has also been enjoying the regular interactions of such highly placed management people as part-owner Jonathan Ng and Alan Acero, regional sales manager of Rebisco, maker of the new ice cream brand Creamline.
There’s also the support and adulation of Valdez’s teeming loyal fans to feel good about, says Soriano, the youngest of seven children.
“Every one of us on the team is only too aware of Alyssa’s ever supportive fans and their adulation and cheers for her spills over to the rest of the Cool Smashers. I am overwhelmed up to now by their cheering and whenever they hold up and wave a cutout of my face during a game. Who would not feel good about it?”
Coach Pamilar has only good words for his former player.
“Napakabait na bata, mabilis sumunod at laging nakikinig sa mga instructions ko. Napakabait din ni Pau sa kanyang pamilya. Ang alam ko tumutulong siya sa pagpapaaral ng kanyang dalawang pamangkin.”
There are talks of Creamline reorganizing for its next outing in the All-Filipino Conference of the PVL which starts July 1.
There are talks as well of Soriano keeping her well-deserved spot on the team that is into volleyball for the long term.