PVL: Marami pa kaming kailangang i-improve -- Valdez
Mark Escarlote on Jun 12, 2019 05:37 PM
From the last two previous years playing here, I guess eto yung medyo may mga struggles sa una pa lang -- Alyssa Valdez
Creamline star Alyssa Valdez admitted that the defending champion Cool Smashers’ first round campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference had been pretty challenging.
The star-studded Cool Smashers suffered a setback to open their title-defense and faced coaching changes and transition of systems early on.
“From the last two previous years playing here, I guess eto yung medyo may mga struggles sa una pa lang,” said Valdez, who powered Creamline to last year’s import-laden and Open Conference crowns.
The Cool Smashers opened the conference with a straight sets loss at the hands of PetroGazz. Creamline management decided to sack Chinese coach Huanning Li after just one game.
Assistant coach Ed Ortega took over the helm before the Cool Smashers brought back former mentor Tai Bundit.
“Maganda naman na struggles, maganda naman na problema which is mga pagpapalit, mga transitions, adjustments sa coaching staffsand everything,” said Valdez, who scored 16 points in Creamline’s 25-19, 25-18, 25-23, win over BaliPure to close the first round at second spot with a 4-1 win-loss slate.
“That means, marami pa kaming kailangan i-improve as a team talaga,” added Valdez. “Lalong lalo na pataas at pataas rin ang laro ng mga kalaban namin.”
Valdez said that Creamline is looking for a better showing come second round as the race for the Final Four intensifies.
“Overall, hindi pa kami fully hundred percent as a team talaga. Looking forward for the second round and more time from Coach Tai to jell and have that chemistry back again,” she said.
The Cool Smashers will take on BanKo to start the second round on Saturday in Iloilo City.
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