PVL: Bundit happy to be back

Mark Escarlote on Jun 08, 2019 08:50 PM
PVL: Bundit happy to be back
I’m happy because Creamline is my team -- Tai Bundit

Thai coach Tai Bundit made his return on Creamline’s bench on Saturday and the mentor was just glad to once again call the shots for the repeat-seeking Cool Smashers.

“I’m happy because Creamline is my team,” said Bundit after winning his debut in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference over listless Motolite, 13-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The mentor, who steered the Cool Smashers to last year’s import-laden and Open Conference titles, was re-signed by the team’s management six months since parting ways. He replaced Chinese coach Huanning Li after the star-studded Creamline squad suffered a straight sets loss to PetroGazz in its debut.

Bundit, who left the team six months ago, flew in last Monday.

“Six months ago I went back to fix everything and my son he (took) an exam to go to high school. That high school is Top 5 in Thailand and my wife says, ‘OK. {Our] son is in high school so you can go [back] to Philippines,’” said Bundit.

He was welcomed by top local hitter Alyssa Valdez and the rest of the Cool Smashers with their third straight win.

“Knowing Coach Tai’s program, most of us na nasa team niya na-mentor na niya eh, napagdaanan na ‘yun,” said Valdez. “I guess we’re trying to adapt sa pagbabalik niya, sa system.”

“More than ever we have to bring back the happy and heartstrong mantra of coach Tai,” added Valdez, who has been under Bundit’s guidance since 2013. “I think ‘yun ang pinaka-crucial at key this season kasi nga lahat ng teams malalakas.”

The Cool Smashers are at solo second spot with a 3-1 win-loss slate behind unbeaten league-leading PetroGazz.

Creamline will close the first round on Wednesday against BaliPure.



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