Coach O on Cool Smashers: ‘We’re really a promising team’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 16, 2017 09:16 PM
Coach O on Cool Smashers: ‘We’re really a promising team’
WATCH OUT. Creamline will be back as hungry as ever following back-to-back third-place finishes.

For the second conference in a row, Creamline has to settle for a third-place finish.

Still, by sweeping the series against Philippine Air Force, the Cool Smashers got some sort of momentum as they gear up for their next war.

And that consolation is good enough for a team that had eight consecutive victories to start the conference only to have a 2-2 record to finish it.

“As I’ve said before, I guess it’s not our time to be in the Finals,” assistant coach Oliver Almadro said. “But we’re happy we ended the season on a winning note.”

Almadro said so with a big smile on his face and why wouldn’t he? After all, Creamline salvaged a podium finish even as it lost top hitter Alysa Valdez towards the end of its campaign.

Setter Jia Morado shared the same sentiment, saying they have only become better at the end of this campaign. As she put it, “Siguro nga, pana-panahon din. If this isn’t for us this conference, we can come back better next conference.”

She then continued, “They were telling us nga na kahit marami kaming veterans, young team pa rin kami kasi this conference lang kami nabuo. So we have nothing to be discouraged about.”

Indeed, the Cool Smashers’ campaign has seen the emergence of youngsters such as Cesca Racraquin as well as the resurgence of veterans like Ging Balse and Rosemarie Vargas. “Ang daming storya (this conference) – drama, comedy. Ang daming storya, but ang bottom line is, Creamline is really a promising team,” Almadro said.

He also added, “We really have to watch out in the next conference for Creamline. Tapos of course, we miss Alyssa.”

Valdez had not been with the team since their fifth win as she had to fulfill duties for the Philippine team. “We are cheering for her, cheering for the national team. We really hope na yung experience ni Alyssa, madadala at mase-share niya sa Creamline,” the assistant coach shared.

Along with the return of their top hitter, Almadro said they also remain upbeat because the entire team has already bought into the philosophy being instilled by head coach Tai Bundit. “Nakukuha na nila yung sistema ni coach Tai. Si coach Tai, sa umpisa talaga, hindi mo mage-gets yung sistema niya,” he said.

He then continued, “Pero along the way, you will really understand why he is like that. Nandun na kami ngayon.”

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