PVL Finals: We’re thinking of the worst but also thinking of the best -- Valdez
Mark Escarlote on Jul 11, 2019 01:26 PM
Kung may mangyaring Game 3 saka na namin iisipin yun. Lahat ng preparation paghahandaan namin sa Game 2 muna -- Alyssa Valdez
Creamline will be preparing for the worst.
In spite of holding a 1-0 lead in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference best-of-three Finals, the defending champion Cool Smashers know that finishing off PetroGazz won’t be a cakewalk.
The Angels are sure to come at Creamline with everything they have on Game 2 on Saturday.
“We’re thinking of the worst but also thinking of the best also for our team,” said Cool Smashers skipper Alyssa Valdez.
Creamline moved a step closer to completing its grand slam bid after drawing first blood in a 24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-22, decision over PetroGazz on Wednesday.
The Cool Smashers, who are now on a 12-game winning roll, need to bring their A-game to end the series and avoid falling into a winner-take-all Game 3.
“What’s the best for our team is winning the next game. So yung focus muna next game,” said Valdez, who is a frontrunner in the Most Valuable Player race.
Game 3, if necessary is on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.
In case of a rubber match, it will be the first back-to-back games for the Cool Smashers in the import-laden conference.
“Kung may mangyaring Game 3 saka na namin iisipin yun. Lahat ng preparation paghahandaan namin sa Game 2 muna,” Valdez said. “For sure ‘yung PetroGazz, kitang-kita namin sa latter part of the [fourth] set very eager sila, nandoon ang passion nila, ang heart nila so for sure dadalhin nila yun sa second game. Sana kami rin dalhin namin yun, yung teamwork.”
The hitter is also wary of the Angels’ motivation come Game 2.
PetroGazz is expected to use the controversial last call of the series opener as rallying point to tie the series.
In Game 1, with Creamline at match point, 24-22, Jonah Sabete hammered an attack that bounced off the two-woman wall of Michele Gumabao and Risa Sato. Cherry Nunag attempted a dink as Sato squared up to dig the ball. Sato made contact and Venezuelan Ale Blanco tried to save the ball but was unable to control it.
PetroGazz was already celebrating when official Yul Benosa made a late whistle calling it an overreach, something that didn’t go well with the Angels.
“For sure PetroGazz has that motivation again to go back with an earnest to win again. Siyempre ayaw nila na natatalo sa mga ganyan, we’re gonna prepare for it,” said Valdez.
“Hindi pa naman tapos ang laban,” she added. “For sure PetroGazz will bounce back even stronger kasi nga sa last point of the match.”
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