With several players in their team nursing an injury, Creamline skipper Alyssa Valdez said the team’s long break from PVL action could be a blessing disguise.
Already semifinals-bound, the Cool Smashers swept Iriga-Navy today and held onto the first spot with 6-1 win-loss slate.
With this, they now clinched a semifinal ticket alongside second-seeded PayMay. Another round will be played among the remaining teams to determine which will complete the semifinals cast.
The semifinals is set to happen a month from now, hence Creamline and PayMaya will have to wait for a month before going back to competitive volleyball action.
For Valdez, this could perfectly work in their favor since a lot of their players are having injuries, including setter Jia Morado who had to leave the Iriga-Navy match in the second set due to shoulder pain.
“Blessing in disguise din siguro na mahaba ang break at maraming may nararamdaman sa team,” Valdez said.
“It’s good for the team to recover kasi hindi rin naman madali ‘yung pinagdaanan namin sa first round kasi lahat ng teams, bakbakan din talaga,” she added.
Valdez shared: “And the break could be our leeway para makapag rest din, lalo na si Jia.”
But the long break, the Phenom said, could also be a disadvantage, especially they will have no competitive volleyball action for about a month.
“Pero hindi rin alam kung advantage ‘yun kasi matagal nga. Iba pa rin ‘yung actual games kaysa sa practice games talaga. So, it’s mindsetting talaga na kailangan naming ilagay ‘yung sarili namin na naglalaro kami each day,” Valdez said.
Despite this predicament, the Cool Smashers, according to Valdez, will face whatever come their way head on.
“On our end, kailangan naming i-mindset na matagal-tagal ‘yung break, kailangan naming mag-extra para pagdating namin buo talaga kami,” Valdez said.
“Individually, as a player we have to make it a point na we need to do extra workouts also. Matagal-tagal din ang one month,” Valdez noted.
She added that Coach Tai Bundit is already prepared for the next round.
“But we know that Coach Tai that he has this plan also how to make his team fluid pagdating ng second round,” Valdez shared.
Valdez led the team in today’s win with 19 points off 16 attacks, two aces, and a block.