PVL Finals: We have to give it to PetroGazz -- Valdez

Mark Escarlote on Jul 14, 2019 10:17 PM
PVL Finals: We have to give it to PetroGazz -- Valdez
It’s hard to accept that we lost today but it’s easier for us to really give it to PetroGazz -- Alyssa Valdez

ANTIPOLO --- The PetroGazz Angels deserved to be called champions.

Creamline star Alyssa Valdez was quick to accept that they were dethroned by a better and hungrier team in the Angels at the conclusion of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference best-of-three Finals that went the full distance.

Gracious in defeat, Valdez gave it to the more determined PetroGazz.

“We have to give it to PetroGazz kasi their imports they played perfectly today and their locals really supported them pretty well,” said Valdez following the Cool Smashers’ 15-25, 30-28, 23-25, 19-25, loss on Sunday in Game 3 of the championship at the Ynares Sports Center here.

The Cool Smashers, considered as the team to beat with their star-studded line-up, entered the series carrying the momentum of their 11-game winning streak – a run that started after suffering straight sets loss to the Angels in the conference opener.

Creamline drew first blood last Wednesday but saw their streak snapped by a hard-fighting PetroGazz side that forced a decider – also the Cool Smashers’ first and only back-to-back weekend schedule in the import-laden conference.

After tying Game 3 with a set apiece, Creamline just had no answer for the power of the high-octane scoring duo of Angels imports Cuban Wilma Salas and American Janisa Johnson and the inspired game of PetroGazz’s locals led by Jeanette Panaga, Cherry Nunag and Jonah Sabete as well as libero Cienne Cruz and setter Djanel Cheng.

“It’s hard to accept that we lost today but it’s easier for us to really give it to PetroGazz,” said Valdez. “We know na buong buo yung puso nila to win.”

The Conference Most Valuable Player reflected on the struggles they had to endure from adjusting to a new system under the short-lived PVL career of Chinese coach Huanning Li to re-adjusting to the old style of play of returning coach Tai Bundit.  

“For the past more than a month, we’ve been under Coach Tai before that we’d been under a different coach also. It was a different conference for us cause we had to re-adjust, adjust again and really do something different in our team siguro,” she said.

Those system changes, Valdez stressed, gravely affected their campaign.

“Ako ha, in my opinion, we can’t change talaga the system that has been working and I think in that process kasi confidence will lose, chemistry siguro bababa din,” said Valdez.

“But at the end of the day it all happened already and we have to move forward so we take that as a learning lesson talaga for the future conferences,” she added.

And the Cool Smashers vowed to come back stronger to protect their Open Conference crown starting August 10.

“Babawi talaga kami,” Valdez promised.

 

 

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