PVL Team Preview: Creamline
Mark Escarlote on Mar 29, 2018 05:19 PM
Can Creamline star Alyssa Valdez break a long title drought?
Creamline is dead serious in its campaign of claiming a breakthrough title in the second season of Premier Volleyball League.
After disappointing bronze medal finishes in the inaugural edition, the Cool Smashers made a recruitment coup to help its prized star Alyssa Valdez capture the elusive crown in the Reinforced Conference set on May 6.
Valdez, the reigning conference Most Valuable Player, has fully committed with the team after a short stint in the Open Conference to fulfill her duties as part of the national team. The former Queen Eagle's last title was in 2015 when she led the star-studded PLDT to a V-League Reinforced Conference championship.
To beef up their lineup, the Cool Smashers tapped the services of their last year’s import Kuttika Kaewpin and Serbian middle blocker Nikolina Asceric.
Also out to help Valdez are holdovers from last year’s team in veteran setter Jia Morado, Alex Cabanos, Pau Soriano, Ivy Remulla, Coleen Bravo and Rizza Mandapat.
Creamline also landed a deal with seasoned libero Mel Gohing to strengthen its floor defense and opposite hitter Michele Gumabao, who recently won the Binibining Pilipinas-Globe crown.
The Cool Smashers lost versatile hitter Cesca Racraquin, Jamela Suyat, Aerieal Patnongon, veteran Mary Jean Balse-Pabayo and Rosemarie Vargas.
Risa Sato and Jema Galanza, who were earlier reported to have joined the team, were not in the initial lineup submitted by Creamline.
PVL teams are given at least a month before the start of the season to finalize their respective rosters and clear their imports’ international transfer certificates (ITCs).
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