Man who planted the seed for Creamline formation remembered

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 15, 2018 12:27 PM
Man who planted the seed for Creamline formation remembered
Creamline team manager Sherwin Malonzo shares the camera and the happy smile of a newly-crowned champion team with (L-R) Cool Smashers and individual awardees Michele Gumabao, Jia Morado and Alyssa Valdez. (Photo by Jace Gepuela)

Amid the court celebration following Creamline’s title victory in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Wednesday, the volleyball-loving man who planted the seed that led to the formation of the Cool Smashers was remembered while confetti was still swirling in the air at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

“It is only fitting that we share this history-making triumph with my good friend Arthur Lim who gave Rebisco president Jonathan Ng the idea of forming a volleyball team for the Sports Vision-organized V League,” said Sherwin Malonzo, one of three managers handling the Alyssa Valdez-led Creamline Cool Smashers.    

Lim passed away on Jan. 15, 2017, according to Malonzo, without seeing his idea come into fruition.  

Settling for crumbs in the first season of the Premier Volleyball League four months after Lim’s death, the Creamline Cool Smashers made a giant splash right off in the opening conference of the fast growing league this year. They swept the PayMaya High Flyers in their best-of-three title showdown to rule the eight-team PVL Season 2 Reinforced Conference.

A lot of factors combined to pull it off, not the least of which has been the guidance, fatherly concern and recruitment effort of the pioneer managers of the team that also got the lion’s share of the individual awards in the just-concluded PVL Season 2 Reinforced Conference.    

Malonzo previously played, if briefly, for the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons and presently heads the tremendously successful volleyball program of Ateneo de Manila University.   

Working hand in hand with fellow team managers Alan Acero and Rollie Delfino, Malonzo gave equal credit to Rebisco management’s full support of Creamline, the players’ cooperation, great camaraderie outside the court, zeal during training and tenacity during the games, and power recruitment for the Cool Smashers’ triumphant campaign in the PVL First Conference.  

Getting the services of standouts Michele Gumabao, who eventually finished as the league’s best opposite spiker, Risa Sato, formerly of BaliPure, and rising star and ex-Adamson Lady Falcon Jema Gallanza has been the handiwork of the team managers.     

Presently, Malonzo, a UP economics graduate, is also deeply involved in the heavy recruitment being done by Ateneo in the process of rebuilding both its men’s and women’s teams.  

As an economist learned in compiling statistics, Malonzo, aided by a laptop, was always seen during the games working on gathering stats which he would then analyze in the presence of his players and the coaching and training staff later.

Not only did the Cool Smashers capture its first ever championship; it also garnered the most number of individual awards by a team.    

Besides Gumabao, Alyssa Valdez was also honored as the Season 2 Reinforced Conference 1st best open spiker and Jia Morado as best setter.

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