Alyssa Valdez on Game One win: ‘We’re really eyeing our goal as a team’

In their opening match of the championship bout, team captain Alyssa Valdez said it was the breaks of the game that swung the odds to the defending champions.

The Creamline Cool Smashers drew first blood in their best-of-three title series after overpowering the Petro Gazz Angels in four sets, 24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-22, earlier in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Losing hold of the opening set even after leading early, Creamline gained rhythm in the next two sets as they won convincingly for a two-set advantage.

Despite Petro Gazz playing more energetic in the first part of the fourth set, the Cool Smashers eventually adjusted and took the lead at the latter part, 23-20.

While the Angels scored two kills to close the gap, the defending champions eventually clinched two straight points, the last being a controversial overreaching call that Petro Gazz heavily contested.

The power trio of Kuttika Kaewpin, Aleoscar Blanco, and Valdez paved the way for Creamline with 21, 18, and 16 points respectively.

In that crucial last call of the match, Valdez said it was a judgment call by the officials and argued that the ball was on their side when Cherry Nunag touched the ball.

“Kung makikita naman natin sa replay, for me—kasi biased din ako sa tawag—nasa amin kasi talaga ‘yung bola. Kapag overreaching, hindi kami hinayaang maituloy ‘yung play namin. Inabot nila, so tinawagan ng call,” Valdez explained.

Given a controversial call to conclude the game, the Creamline team captain knows the Angels will surely bounce back in their next game.

“Crucial call, but it was a judgment call of the referees. I’m sure Petro Gazz has that motivation again to go back [and] the eagerness to win again—siyempre ayaw nilang natatalo sa ganyan,” she added.

Despite their initial struggle in the match, Valdez said she was proud of the team for keeping sight of their goal and encouraging each other to do their best—factors that contributed to their victory.

“Breaks of the game talaga—I think Petro Gazz is really experienced team with two of the best imports right now in the PVL. Masaya lang ako kasi kahit ganoon ‘yung nangyari, we’re really eyeing for our goal din talaga as a team,” Valdez said.

 

“Hangga’t hindi pa tapos ‘yung game, we keep on pushing each other, so naging maganda din ‘yung result,” she added.

Valdez and the Cool Smashers look to clinch their third straight championship in the league as they face the Angels in Game Two on Saturday.

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