With upcoming absence, Jia Morado hopes Creamline continues team effort in second round

Before leaving tomorrow for Thailand, Jia Morado received the best sendoff from the Creamline Cool Smashers after overpowering the Chef’s Classics Lady Red Spikers in straight sets, 25-11, 25-14, 25-21, earlier in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Creamline displayed dominance all throughout the game despite missing the services of team captain Alyssa Valdez, who recently acquired an ankle injury, to take their ninth-straight win of the tournament.

Set to follow the bulk of the national women’s volleyball team in Thailand for their training camp, Morado made sure to leave the Cool Smashers in high spirits as she led her squad’s victory with her well-distributed playmaking.

While no one finished in double digits for the Cool Smashers, it was a welcome turnout as all of their players saw action and contributed points except for the liberos.

Despite their total team effort today, the setter said the team shouldn’t stop improving and instead work harder for their upcoming games.

“We’re happy na nakapasok lahat today–everyone was able to pitch in and contribute sa points. Pero ganoon pa rin, after this win, train hard pa din kami–or sila–pagdating ng Monday,” Morado said.

While the national team mainstay expects Creamline to leave no room for complacency despite their undefeated status, she expressed satisfaction with the team reaping the fruits of their hard work.

“Every win we get is an advantage going to the semifinals and we’re taking it one game at a time. Happy naman kami na yung hard work namin sa training with Coach Tai, nagpa-pay off naman,” Morado said.

The setter will fly tomorrow to Thailand with other PVL players including Choco Mucho’s Maddie Madayag, Pacifictown Army’s Jovelyn Gonzaga, and UST’s Eya Laure together with coach Kungfu Reyes.

Despite needing to catch up with training, Morado said she is excited to connect with the other players to

“It’s the chance to represent the country and siyempre kaming mga lilipad bukas, hahabol kami sa training na nagawa na nila since Sunday,” Morado said.

 

“We need the time and the training to gel with the team. But same as before, I’m looking forward to play with the other players and learn from this as well,” she added.

With Morado and Valdez’ upcoming absence, the Cool Smashers look to rely on wing spikers Jema Galanza, Michele Gumabao, and earlier’s top scorer Fille Cayetano to carry the scoring duties with Kyle Negrito orchestrating the offense.

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