It is a fact that Creamline has a stacked lineup, but prized hitter Alyssa Valdez sees one important advantage her team possesses against the competition — setter Jia Morado.
“One of our advantages as a team aside from chemistry is really Jia,” said Valdez as the Cool Smashers gear up to defend their title in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.
Valdez and Morado will be back for the import-laden tournament together with a solid local lineup along with Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin and Venezuelan veteran Aleoscar Blanco.
“Madami kaming players na magagaling na spikers, but I think Jia will play a crucial role and a crucial player in our team because she’s gonna run the plays,” said Valdez, who has been teammates with Morado since their UAAP days at Ateneo.
“She’s the one who would decide kung kanino niya ibibigay ang bola. With Jia, we’re really (going to) be composed. Hopefully ma-achieve namin ang goal namin.”
Morado will get a lot of scoring options in Valdez, their foreign reinforcements, and local stars in Jema Galanza, newcomer Heather Guino-o, Michele Gumabao, Pau Soriano, Rissa Sato, Coleen Bravo, Rizza Mandapat, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Rose Vargas and Celine Domingo.
Setting up the plays will also be an easy task for Morado, with reliable liberos in Mel Gohing and Kyla Atienza while she can get a good rest if needed with another veteran playmaker Kyle Negrito coming off the bench.
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The Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference begins on May 26, Sunday, 2 p.m. LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, iWant and via livestream.
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