Coach O: ‘Creamline is not about Alyssa’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 19, 2017 07:59 PM
Coach O: ‘Creamline is not about Alyssa’
TEAM WIN. Creamline is out to prove it can keep up its win run sans Alyssa Valdez.

Creamline came out on top in its first match without Alyssa Valdez in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.

With Rosemarie Vargas and Pau Soriano taking over scoring and Jia Morado filling in as leader, the Cool Smashers stayed spotless through five games in the tournament.

Even without Valdez, who is fulfilling her duties with the national team, and her 27 points per game, the league-leaders looked like, well, the league-leaders that they are.

And that should not have come as a surprise – if assistant coach Oliver Almadro is to be believed. “We’re always telling our players na Creamline is not about Alyssa. It’s about the team,” he said.

He then continued, “We will have to find a way. We will have to make the most of what we have.”

That, Creamline definitely did as it showed heart for all of the match.

In all three frames, the Cool Smashers found themselves trailing after the second technical timeout only to come roaring right back and stealing the set. “Of course, siyempre, first time wala si Alyssa so sa umpisa talaga, we were looking for our firepower, but along the way, nakita na nang team na kailangan nang tumrabaho,” Almadro shared.

He then continued, “Yung resiliency namin, nandun.”

At the forefront of that resiliency were Vargas and Soriano who had 15 points apiece as well as Morado who registered 62 excellent sets. “As you can see, everybody delivered, hindi lang isang tao, everybody delivered. It’s an all-around effort para sa players,” the mentor said.

He then continued, “Kahit yung binunot sa bench, talagang nag-deliver din.”

Indeed, Creamline got pleasant surprises off the bench in the form of Coleen Bravo who fired 13 points and veteran Ging Balse who chipped in four markers of her own.

Almadro even went on to single out Balse’s welcome contributions. “As you can see kanina, hindi naman malakas na malakas ang palo niya, but yung tinatawag na gulang, na maturity, nandon e. Alam na alam niya kung ano ang gagawin, alam na alam niya kung ano ang mangyayari,” he said.

With everybody ready and raring to contribute, the assistant coach said they remain confident while they wait for the return of their top hitter. “Ang pinakamaganda, they are trusting each other, they are confident to play with each other, they are happy playing with each other,” he said.

And when that time comes, Almadro said the Cool Smashers will only be better than ever. “At least pagbalik ni Alyssa, alam niya na everybody, nag-improve din. Nag-improve siya sa biyahe niya, nag-improve din teammates niya rito,” he expressed.

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