PVL: Na-reward naman kami sa system ni Coach Tai -- Morado
Mark Escarlote on Jun 22, 2019 09:07 PM
Reigning champion Creamline relied on the tried and tested system of coach Tai Bundit to hurdle PetroGazz.
Defending champion Creamline made good use of its most powerful weapon: the system of head coach Tai Bundit.
The Cool Smashers displayed great focus and grace under pressure, clinging on their heartstrong mantra preached by the Thai mentor to prevail over their first round tormentors and erstwhile unbeaten PetroGazz Angels on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.
“Thankful kami na na-reward naman kami sa OK na system ni Coach Tai,” said prized playmaker Jia Morado following Creamline’s 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 26-24, win over the Angels in their elims rematch at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Creamline extended its winning run to seven and tied its victim on top with 7-1 win-loss slate.
The Cool Smashers got their most-awaited payback after getting pummeled in straight sets by PetroGazz to open the import-laden conference. Creamline was in disarray in that match under Chinese mentor Huanning Li, who was fired after that loss as Creamline scrambled to bring back Bundit.
This time with Bundit, who steered the Cool Smashers to the Open and Reinforced conference titles last year before flying back to Thailand to be with his family, Creamline was ready for the Angels and their explosive imports American Janisa Johnson and Cuban Wilma Salas.
“We really tried hard [to stop their imports]. In training, we really prepared sa lahat ng tendencies nila,” said Alyssa Valdez, who had 16 markers. “By preparing, we forced them to make errors. Napo-force talaga silang i-long ball. Nagpo-force talaga sila to make mistakes.”
“Hindi ko alam if it was the game plan of coach Tai but we just did our parts and roles inside the court,” she added.
Bundit’s system was in full display in the fourth set when PetroGazz made its final push to erase a 20-21 deficit to take a 24-21 lead.
“I think what’s good about our system is how well our coach knows us on and off the court,” said Morado. “He knows what to say and when to say it and most of all how to calm us down lalo na kapag kami ang naghahabol like in the fourth set in the last few points.”
With PetroGazz threatening to put the game into a deciding set, Bundit calmed his wards down.
“Usually kasi some coaches will give instructions, will bombard their players with instructions but with coach Tai, it was just a silent time out. He was saying, “I just need one point, I just need one point.’ And yun since kilala rin namin si Coach Tai, alam na namin ang gagawin namin,” said Morado.
“Kumalma kami and we went right back to kung paano kami sa loon nag-training which is relaxed, focused and happy,” she added.
When Jeanette Panaga overcooked her serve in the next play, Venezuelan reinforcement scored on a kill block for the Cool Smashers followed by a checked attack from Valdez to force a deuce.
Johnson’s attack went out and Valdez sealed the win with an attack.
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