PVL: Hindi predictable ‘yun offense namin -- Morado
Mark Escarlote on Dec 05, 2018 10:13 PM
Very important na napagana namin yung spikers namin today at least hindi naging predictable ‘yung offense namin -- Jia Morado
Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference best-of-three Finals easily came Creamline’s way.
All thanks to veteran Jia Morado’s familiarity with Ateneo-Motolite’s defensive sets.
The former Lady Eagles setter utilized her hitters very well as the Cool Smashers kept Ateneo-Motolite’s net defenders guessing with her ball distribution, neutralizing the vaunted blocking of the Katipunan-based squad.
“Very important na napagana namin yung spikers namin today at least hindi naging predictable ‘yung offense namin,” said Morado, who tallied 23 excellent sets in Creamline’s 25-17, 25-10, 25-15, demolition of the Lady Eagles in the best-of-three championship Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Alyssa Valdez led all scorers with 14 points, Michele Gumabao had 12 while Jema Galanza and Risa Sato finished with nine and eight markers, respectively, for the Cool Smashers.
With Morado orchestrating the Cool Smashers’ fluid offensive flow, Ateneo-Motolite’s middles were barely felt with Maddie Madayag scoring the only kill block of the Lady Eagles.
Morado, who scored six points, also gave credit to Creamline’s effort on floor defense. The Cool Smashers had 45 digs and 20 excellent receptions.
“But at the same time we have to credit din ‘yung defense and ‘yung receive ng team namin — total team effort siya — kasi hindi namin ‘yun magagawa ‘yung mga plays na ganun kung wala kaming receive,” said Morado.
The Cool Smashers also took advantage of the Lady Eagles’ shaky reception. Creamline landed 11 aces with seven coming from Valdez.
“’Yung service din namin today nag-work and hopefully madala namin siya sa next game and ma-improve pa namin,” Morado said.
The Cool Smashers can close the series and claim their second straight title after conquering the Reinforced Conference on Saturday at the Batangas City Coliseum.
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