PVL: Morado sets tone for another Cool Smashers’ conquest
Mark Escarlote on Nov 10, 2019 11:26 AM
'Yung individual awards, bonus siya, but it isn't as sweet as a championship -- Jia Morado
Jia Morado’s fifth straight Best Setter award further validated her reputation as one of the best playmakers in the country.
Winning the Finals Most Valuable Player in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference added more value to her stock.
But individual accolades don’t excite the Creamline star as much as tasting the sweetness of a championship.
“'Yung individual awards, bonus siya, but it isn't as sweet as a championship,” said Morado.
Morado orchestrated the Cool Smashers’ fluid offensive flow and helped steer Creamline to a record-setting 20-game conference sweep for its second straight season-ending tournament title.
Despite missing a couple of games because of her national team duties, Morado maintained her top ranking in setting, playing consistently every time she’s available to pilot Creamline’s offense.
In the Finals, Morado was instrumental in the Cool Smashers’ best-of-three series sweep of PetroGazz as she averaged 7.5 excellent sets per frame.
Her heroics earned her the much-deserved recognitions.
“Actually hindi ko in-expect ang paherong awards,” said Morado, who won the Finals MVP in all of Creamline’s three league titles. “Thankful ako, pero it was never my goal naman to get them.”
Morado was quick to deflect all the credit as she stressed that the team’s success came from the Cool Smashers players doing their role to achieve one common goal.
“Actually kung ako nga papapiliin, anyone in our team 'yung Finals MVP,” she said. “Ako, instrumento lang ako para makatulong sa kanila pero at the same time, thankful ako sa teammates kasi hindi ko magagawa 'yung trabaho ko kung hindi nila ako tinulungan.”
“Kasi to win a championship is not an individual effort naman eh, it's a team effort,” she added.
The victory was extra special for the Cool Smashers according to Morado as they completed their redemption bid and capping it off with sweet revenge against the same team that dragged them off the Reinforced Conference throne.
“We're happy na naka-bounce back kami from last conference, and from the next day noong previous conference namin until now, kitang kita na everyone was head on, laser-like focused talaga sa training and everyone knew what to do,” said Morado.
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