Alyssa Valdez happy with total team effort in Creamline’s merciless third straight win

Facing an unfamiliar opponent, the reigning Open Conference champions delivered as they wreaked total havoc and left no room for mercy.

The Creamline Cool Smashers showed absolute domination as they annihilated league newcomers Chef’s Classics Red Spikers in straight sets, 25-12, 25-5, 25-15, earlier in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.

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In a game that only lasted a little bit over an hour, the Cool Smashers showed total mastery over their opponents, firing from all ends and establishing unprecedented point runs to take the game.

Valdez led Creamline anew with 16 points including seven aces, while wing hitters Jema Galanza and Michele Gumabao contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively. Meanwhile, libero Kyla Atienza posted a perfect 100 percent in the digging department.

It was total domination from the Cool Smashers right off the bat, posting a 16-1 run in the beginning of the first set with Valdez from the service line.

The second set saw the same narrative with the team captain serving for 19 consecutive points for an unprecedented 19-1 lead, eventually taking the two-set advantage and leaving Chef’s Classics with only five points—the lowest set output in the league.

With momentum on their side, the Cool Smashers ultimately cruised along to their third straight win without dropping a single set.

It was a good game for Valdez as she showed a relatively minimal performance earlier with her teammates getting involved, evident with Jia Morado setting the ball to her only 12 times.

“I’m really happy that everyone’s spiking, mapa-Jema or Mich, [or] the middle spikers Celine Domingo, Pau, Sato, lahat talaga. Seeing them from the back row, nakakatuwa talaga na masaya lang lahat na nakakapuntos,” the team captain said.

Valdez expressed satisfaction with her game as she put all her serves in and registered high spiking success.

“I’m happy na hindi ako nagka-error sa service area this time kasi it’s frustrating to get errors from the service line. But I’m really confident kasi kahit nasa likod ako, may tumutulong sa front to always kill the ball,” Valdez said.

The team captain said the Cool Smashers came to the game prepared not only in terms of skills but on a mental standpoint, maintaining focus on finishing the match strong while enjoying themselves at the same time.

“Mentally we’re also prepared—more than the physical na lagi kaming nagta-training, I think nangibabaw ‘yung mental toughness namin na tapusin nang maayos yung game today,” she said.

Valdez and the Cool Smashers look to take their fourth straight win as they face the Banko Perlas Spikers on Wednesday.

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