Siya talaga ang nagli-lead sa amin -- Valdez on setter Morado
Mark Escarlote on Jul 05, 2017 10:19 PM
Honestly, si Jia very composed siya sa loob ng court. Siya talaga ang nagli-lead sa amin throughout the game and kahit anong mangyari may tiwala at magtitiwala pa rin siya sa’yo -- Alyssa Valdez on Creamline setter Jia Morado (left)
Creamline superstar Alyssa Valdez starred in the Cool Smashers’ thrilling four-set win against an equally dangerous BaliPure side by dropping 37 points.
But the ace hitter credited veteran setter Jia Morado as the real hero in Creamline’s 25-20, 28-30, 25-19, 31-29, win that propelled the Cool Smashers to a share of the early lead in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.
Valdez was all praises to her former Ateneo de Manila teammate and newly signed Creamline playmaker especially during the closing stretch of the fourth set where the Cool Smashers needed to comeback from a 21-23 deficit and survive six deuces.
“Honestly, si Jia very composed siya sa loob ng court. Siya talaga ang nagli-lead sa amin throughout the game and kahit anong mangyari may tiwala at magtitiwala pa rin siya sa’yo,” said Valdez of Morado after Creamline's second win in as many outings to tie Pocari Sweat.
The playmaker tallied 71 of the 75 excellent sets made by the Cool Smashers, which converted 67 attacks including 34 coming from Valdez.
Morado showed her nerves of steel in the fourth set, making beautiful music in a loud and chaotic battle.
“Siguro ‘yun ang isang character, attitude ng isang setter na kailangan mo rin talaga,” said Valdez. “’Yung setter mo ayaw mong mawalan ng tiwala sa’yo kaya bakit ka mawawalan ng tiwala sa sarili mo?”
The Cool Smashers rallied from a 21-23 deficit in the fourth set and were able to reach match point, 24-23, but the Water Defenders equalized to force the first of six deuces.
The two squads engaged in a seesaw battle in the next couple of plays with the last deadlock at 29 after a kill by Valdez. BaliPure hitter Grethcel Soltones, who played though a left ankle sprain she sustained in the third set, committed an attack error in the next play before veteran Ivy Remulla sealed the victory with a kill block on Jorelle Singh’s attack attempt to end the two-hour, 3-minute duel.
Morado outplayed another talented setter in BaliPure’s playmaker Jasmine Nabor. The Reinforced Conference Best Setter winner had 61 excellent sets for the Water Defenders, who scored 56 spikes.
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