Nagpapakilala sila ulit –- Almadro on Cool Smashers veterans
Mark Escarlote on Aug 05, 2017 08:12 PM
Rose Vargas delivered the goods for Creamline in the absence of top hitter Alyssa Valdez.
Creamline veterans stepped up in the absence of top hitter Alyssa Valdez.
Seasoned players Rosemarie Vargas, Pau Soriano and Ging Balse, turned back the hands of time and delivered in the pivotal 25-19, 13-25, 28-26, 18-25, 15-7, win against BaliPure to draw first blood in the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Open Conference semifinals series Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The 25-year-old Vargas blasted 19 points with all but one coming off attacks and added 10 excellent receptions. Soriano scored 18 while Balse had 10 for the Cool Smashers.
Assistant coach Oliver Almadro praised his veterans for taking up the challenge to fill in the scoring void left by Valdez, who just a few hours before the match was withdrawn by the management for the rest of the conference because of health reasons. Valdez will suit up for the national team that will compete in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia later this month.
“Nakita niyo naman sina Ging Balse, Pau Soriano and Rose Vargas. Halos nakakalimutan na sila eh pero dito nagpakilala ulit sila,” said Almadro.
The deputy of head coach Tai Bundit was specifically happy with Vargas’ performance in the first of their back-to-back semis games.
“Hindi siya underappreciated. Alam niya na isa siya sa go-to-guy namin. We really appreciate her effort,” he said. “Kanina medyo nawala siya pero nakabalik. Yung resiliency niya nandoon.”
“It shows na Rose Vargas is really a fighter,” Almadro added. “To think na gina-guide pa siya nina Ging at Pau na mga veterans so malaking bagay yun.”
Vargas, who averaged 14.5 points per game in the elimination round, stressed that everybody’s just doing their role.
“Lahat naman kami nagko-contribute,” said Vargas, a former Far Eastern University standout. “’Yun nga lang nawala kasi si Alyssa so kailangan namin na mas mag-double time or triple time pa, na magawa namin ang role namin sa loob ng court. ‘Yung mga ini-expect nila sa amin dapat na mas magampanan pa.”
Vargas was just thankful for the opportunity to show her talents and prove that she can still pull the trigger.
“Thankful kasi nagkaroon ako ng chance, lalo na ako, na akala ko wala na,” she said. “Binigyan nila ako ng chance na maipakita pa kung ano ang meron ako.”
“Masaya naman kasi sa Creamline eh. Parang maglaro ka lang kung ano ang nilalaro mo,” Vargas added. “Nasa sa iyo na lang kung papaano mo ‘yun papagandahin.”
Game 2 of the semis series is on Sunday. If necessary, Game 3 is on Wednesday.
The championship round is also a best-of-three affair.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles