PVL: Kailangan stronger start –- Morado on Angels rematch

Mark Escarlote on Jun 21, 2019 05:30 PM
PVL: Kailangan stronger start -- Morado on Angels rematch
I think we have to be more consistent like as much as possible talaga no errors, wala kaming errors, wala kaming free points na ibibigay -- Creamline setter Jia Morado

Titans clash when undefeated PetroGazz and streaking defending champion Creamline cross paths in an explosive rematch on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

On the losing end in their first meeting, the Cool Smashers seek payback in their 4:00 collision that will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream.

Prized setter Jia Morado stresses the importance of Creamline coming in aggressively and take the Angels off their comfort zone.     

“Kailangan stronger start,” said Morado, who is currently on top of the setting department with 6.57 excellent sets per frame.

The Cool Smashers suffered a 22-25, 24-26, 22-25, loss at the hands of PetroGazz to start their campaign under Chinese head coach Huanning Li. Creamline management fired Li and brought back Thai mentor Tai Bundit as the Cool Smashers racked up six straight wins.

Morado said that Creamline, which defeated Motolite in straight sets Wednesday to join the Angels in the Final Four, must play consistent and focused to put a chip on PetroGazz’s still pristine record.     

“I think we have to be more consistent like as much as possible talaga no errors, wala kaming errors, wala kaming free points na ibibigay,” Morado said referring to their 19 errors against PetroGazz the last time out.

Morado also points out the importance of slowing down if not containing PetroGazz’s prolific scoring duo of American Janisa Johnson and Wilma Salas of Cuba.

“It's going to be hard to contain the two imports talaga,” said Morado. “Kasi we've seen how they play, we've seen how strong they are.”

Salas is averaging 21.8 points per game while Johnson logs in 17.8 markers per outing.

Creamline will lean on its star-studded lineup bannered by Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin, Venezuelan Ale Blanco, Alyssa Valdez, Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato and Jema Galanza to keep its winning streak going.  

“Kaya naman namin lumaban as long as we don't have that as much errors as our first game kasi feeling ko yun talaga yung tumapon ng game namin. Pero pretty sure, napaghandaan din talaga kasi kami ng Petro Gazz,” said Morado. “So, this time, both teams are preparing well for the second time, the second meeting. So, sana, sana idadaan lang talaga namin to sa training to.”

 

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