PVL: Cool Smashers respond to early wake up call
Mark Escarlote on Oct 03, 2018 10:58 PM
Itís a wakeup call, itís an early wakeup call sa amin and itís a good thing ganoon na panggising. We hope na talagang natuto kami -- Alyssa Valdez
Creamline came into the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference as the title favorite especially after its good build up which included a training camp in Thailand.
However, the Cool Smashers started on the wrong foot and stumbled in a stinging five-set loss to PetroGazz.
“Well sobrang frustrated namin as a team talaga kasi syempre hindi namin ine-expect na ganoon kasama ‘yung pagkatalo namin kasi we’ve been training hard for the past few months,” said top hitter Alyssa Valdez.
The Cool Smashers bowed down to the Angels in five sets, 25-27, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 5-15. It was a crushing loss especially with the fifth set result with Creamline squandering an early 4-0 lead as PetroGazz answered with a 15-1 barrage to steal the match.
“It’s a wake up call, it’s an early wake up call sa amin and it’s a good thing ganoon na panggising. We hope na talagang natuto kami,” said Valdez.
The Cool Smashers responded on Wednesday with an emphatic sweep of Tacloban, 25-15, 25-21, 25-15, despite playing their second game without veteran libero Mel Gohing.
“Ngayon syempre nanalo kami but we were struggling sa middle ng mga sets so we really have to work on that pa,” said Valdez, who scored 20 points on 15 kills and five aces.
Creamline got into trouble in the second set, needing to come back from a 13-16 deficit to get back on the right track and cruise into a straight sets win.
“Kahit nag-struggle kami we make it to a point, we thought and we think talaga na hindi na kailangan mangyari yung nangyari last game kasi sana natuto na kami doon,” Valdez said.
The Cool Smashers will face listless Iriga-Navy on Sunday.
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