Sobrang fulfilling siya for us -- Morado on successful PVL on Tour
Creamline stars Cesca Racraquin and Jia Morado enjoyed their stint in the highly successful PVL on Tour Visayas leg held early this week in Iloilo and Bacolod.
Fulfilling and fun.
This was the how Creamline star setter Jia Morado and Cesca Racraquin described their experience playing in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) on Tour when the event visited Iloilo and Bacolod early this week.
After the Luzon leg of the event held in Tuguegarao and Batangas City, fans in the Visayas were given a great volleyball treat from the country’s brightest and most popular court stars.
“It’s tiring but really fulfilling kasi minsan lang kami makaikot ng bansa eh,” said Morado, who teamed up with former Ateneo de Manila University Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez once again starting in the Batangas leg of the event as the Phenom got a short break on her Attack Line stint in Taiwan.
In the Bacolod leg last Wednesday held at the University of St. La Salle gym, Valdez, Racraquin and Morado led the Cool Smashers to a four-set demolition of Pocari Sweat, 25-23, 23-25, 25-16, 25-16, and bounce back from a 21-25, 25-22, 7-25, 14-25, loss to BanKo-Perlas the day before in Iloilo.
Morado added that she’s happy with the initiative of league organizer Sports Vision and Grid Athletic Sports, a group that included Beach Volleyball Republic founder Charo Soriano, to put up the PVL on Tour as a chance for players to reach out to their volleyball fans all over the country.
“Parang when we play the only way we could reach them is trough TV but now they're able to watch us play live,” Morado said. “Tapos ang mga meet and greet din na nami-meet namin ang mga taong sumusuporta sa amin. At the end of the day sobrang fulfilling siya for us.”
Racraquin for her part admitted that that the travel was a bit exhausting but seeing the smiles on their fans’ faces was all worth it.
“Unang-una nakakapagod. Exhausting pero super saya kasi ang dami naming napasayang tao and at the same time nakapag-travel kami as a team. Nakapag-bonding kami,” she said.
In other results of the Visayan PVL on Tour visit, Pocari Sweat shot down Philippine Air Force, 25-20, 25-21, 16-25, 23-25, 15-10, in Iloilo while BanKo-Perlas bested the Jet Spikers, 20-25, 25-11, 25-16, 25-17.
Morado and Racraquin will go up against each other in the next PVL event set on October 29 at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Creamline playmaker will be donning the colors of the team that will be handled by coach Rico De Guzman against Racraquin’s squad under seasoned mentor Roger Gorayeb in the 2017 PVL All-Star Sunday.
Helping Morado are Pocari Sweat stars Myla Pablo, Gyzelle Sy, Jeanette Panaga, Elaine Kasilag and Mel Gohing, Banko-Perlas’ Nicole Tiamzon and Suzanne Roces, Joy Cases of Air Force, Pau Soriano of Creamline, Isa Molde of University of the Philippines and Bea De Leon of Ateneo.
On Racraquin’s side are BaliPure’s Grethcel Soltones, Jerrili Malabanan, Risa Sato, Jasmine Nabor, Aiko Urdas and Alyssa Eroa, BanKo-Perlas’ Amy Ahomiro, Kathy Bersola and Jem Ferrer and Diana Carlos of UP.
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