PVL: Kaewpin, Blanco to bring maturity, experience to Creamline
Mark Escarlote on May 22, 2019 06:27 PM
Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin and Venezuelan reinforcement Aleoscar Blanco will try to help Creamline annex another Reinforced Conference crown.
Defending champion Creamline will field in imports who will bring maturity and experience to an already deep team in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
The Cool Smashers re-signed Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin for the third straight year and will introduce a seasoned import in Venezuelan middle blocker Aleoscar Blanco.
The Thai national team member is very familiar with the kind of game of Creamline, a huge advantage against other foreign reinforcements who are still adjusting with their respective teams.
“’Yung isang import namin ever since na magkaroon ng team we always have Kuttika from Thailand,” said Cool Smashers ace Alyssa Valdez. “She’s been my teammate also when I played in Thailand (for 3BB Nakornnont). So mahaba na rin ang pinagsamahan.”
Kaewpin helped the Creamline finish third in the inaugural edition of the conference before powering the Cool Smashers to their breakthrough title last year alongside American Laura Schaudt.
“I think the very crucial part in our team is yung chemistry and jelling of the team. Since parehas kami ng system na-adopt nya kaagad kung ano ang system ng team namin,” added Valdez referring to Kaewpin, who is very familiar with the syste of former coach Tai Bundit of Thailand.
Chinese coach Huanning Li replaced Bundit after last season, injecting a new system to the team.
But despite some changes in their system of play, Valdez remains confident that Kaewpin’s chemistry with the team.
“Ngayon ang pinagsamahan namin ang panghahawakan ni Daw para mag-perform pa rin siya ng maganda this conference,” said Valdez.
Blanco, on the other hand, has a lot of international experience on her resume.
The 31-year-old, 6-foot-2 star represented Venezuela in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Blanco won the Thailand League title with Supreme Chonburi in the 2017-2018 season and the Thai-Denmar Super League last year with the same team.
"She’s very mature. One thing na maitutulong talaga sa amin ni Ale is her experience. She played also in Thailand against I think Daw also,” said Valdez. “Maganda yung character niya as a teammate.”
A seasoned internationalist, Blanco is expected to lead the star-studded team to another title conquest.
“She’s also a role model to us kasi she’s been playing for so long. Kahit matagal na siyang naglalaro idol nga namin siya kasi sobrang maalaga siya sa katawan,” Valdez said. “One thing na maitutulong niya sa amin ay yung maturity and experience she has in terms of playing volleyball.”
The Cool Smashers open their campaign on Sunday against PetroGazz.
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