Despite seven-game winning streak, Alyssa Valdez refuses to let Creamline settle

Stringing seven consecutive victories and dropping only two sets so far, the Creamline Cool Smashers continue their unparalleled dominance in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.

While the defending Open Conference champions sit in an untouchable position right now in the tournament, team captain Alyssa Valdez refuses to let complacency get the best of them as other teams are also finding their groove.

“We’re aiming for a sweep. But moving forward, ang ganda ng nilalaro ng Petro Gazz, Motolite, Banko Perlas—actually lahat ng teams nagi-improve, so nakukuha na nila ‘yung chemistry nila as a team,” Valdez said.

True enough, the Cool Smashers are one win away from a first round sweep after overpowering the Pacifictown Army Lady Troopers in straight sets, 25-23, 28-26, 26-24, earlier at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Creamline saw trouble all throughout the game with a persistent Army squad who would take over the lead in most points of the game, but the Cool Smashers relied on their smart and varied playmaking to stay unbeaten in the conference.

Valdez and fellow open hitter Jema Galanza led the charge for the Cool Smashers with 18 and 14 points, respectively.

With a tight straight-set game, Valdez admitted her squad struggled with Army’s simple yet effective playing style, saying the Cool Smashers really had to play it wise in order to win.

“Army is such a veteran team—kahit anong gawin namin, smart kasi silang kalaban e. Nababasa at nababasa nila kami, so we also had to play smart on the latter part,” Valdez said.

 

“They will get points sa mga simple at basic. Kailangan naming tiyagain kasi lalamang at lalamang sila,” she added.

The team captain also commended setter Kyle Negrito for stepping up with the absence of Jia Morado, who was rushed to the hospital last night.

Despite their dominant stature in the tournament, Valdez promises her team will go to their next games with the same fire and passion to win.

“One game at a time. We’re aiming for that sweep, so hopefully mapaghandaan namin ‘yung Balipure,” she ended.

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