PVL: It feels so good -- Valdez
SO GOOD -- Creamline star Alyssa Valdez finally ended a long title drought.
Alyssa Valdez finally ended a personal three-year title drought and lifting the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference trophy was a cherished moment even for a decorated player like her.
“It’s weird because I don’t know really the feeling nung last time na nag-champion talaga ako,” said Valdez moments after Creamline completed its best-of-three Finals sweep of PayMaya, 25-19, 25-20, 25-11, Wednesday in Game 2 at the MOA Arena.
Valdez finished with 19 points to lead the Cool Smashers to their breakthrough crown after a couple of third place finishes in the inaugural season last year.
The former Ateneo de Manila University standout last won a title back in 2015 in the defunct V-League Reinforced Conference while playing for PLDT. It was also her first crown since capturing the Lady Eagles’ last of back-to-back titles in the UAAP in 2015 that capped a historic season sweep.
Since then, Valdez struggled to lead her club team to the throne. She was able to tow Bureau of Customs to the Finals in the 2016 V-League Reinforced Conference but the Transformers fell victim to the might of Pocari Sweat then bannered by her now Creamline teammates Michele Gumabao and libero Mel Gohing.
So winning the title after a long drought felt like a first time for Valdez.
“So hindi ko talaga alam but it feels so good na nakakuha kami ng panalo and championship this conference,” she said.
This conference was the most-pressure packed tournament for Valdez after the Creamline management beefed up its roster by adding Gumabao, Gohing and a solid middle in Risa Sato, who was recruited by the Cool Smashers from last year’s Open Conference winner BaliPure.
“Siguro mas lumaki yung pressure for us na team and syempre sa management also. Kasi getting a championship means na mas kailangan mo pa mag-improve as a team,” said Valdez. “Getting the first siguro, syempre mahirap talaga. And getting the second, pahirap nang pahirap kasi you also challenge yourself kung ano pa yung iimprove mo, ano pang magmo-motivate sa iyo, ano pang mag-iinspire sa iyo to play your best and win each game.”
“So more than siguro pressure, I think this first championship will always be the most memorable or stepping stone para mas ma-inspire pa kami, ma-motivate kuhanin yung mga iba pang bigger goals as a team,” Valdez added.
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