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Confident and proud, Creamline star Alyza Valdez recounts team performance at Invitational

Aug 25, 2022

CREAMLINE so easily defeated KingWhale to claim its fifth PVL championship, Valdez discloses, 

“Kanina lang, when we arrived at the arena it was my hop test kumbaga kung makakatalon ako for today’s video. After the game yesterday until today, I’ve been doing just therapy, talaga, icing, and all the exercises.”

(Just a while ago, when we arrived at the arena it was my hop test to see if I could jump for today’s video. After the game yesterday until today, I’ve been doing just therapy, icing, and all the exercises.)

Team assurance surely reflects this strong confidence in the team brought by the star player. With her individual history as one of the greats even from collegiate volleyball, Alyza Valdez surely brings in a great game for whichever team she plays for. Fortunately, her personal greatness shines upon Creamline and streamlines the team with swooping smooth wins. The star player brings much to the table but the rest of the team is to thank as well for the victories they garner and will surely garner in the future. 

During the team’s five-set defeat to the same team on Friday, Valdez unintentionally landed on Bea Carvalho’s feet after attempting to block. Creamline captain Alyssa Valdez revealed that she had to pass a few exams before being allowed to compete in the PVL 2022 Invitational Conference finals match between the Cool Smashers and KingWhale on Sunday.

The star player continues, “Pero yung last talaga, before payagan nila ako kailangan kong maka-jump and maka-laterals so I was able to do it naman.”

(But the last one, before they allowed me, I had to be able to jump and do laterals so I was able to do it.)

“Sobrang extra special siya, you know why? Kasi halos lahat sa team healthy naming natapos yung conference,” according to her.

(it has been extra special, you know why? Because almost everyone on our team ended the conference healthy)

Lastly saying, “More than ever, I think yun lang yung goal and wish namin and pinipray namin all the time na buo at kumpleto yung mga katawan namin kapag natapos kami sa conference and nangyari yun.”

(More than ever, I think that’s our goal and wish and we pray all the time that our bodies will be whole and complete when we finish the conference and that happened)

The three time PVL MVP led the Cool Smashers to a landslide 25-21, 25-10, 25-8 victory over the Taiwanese team while showing no signs of an ankle injury. Valdez misplaced eight excellent receptions, 13 stellar digs, and nine points. 

According to Valdez, this title was particularly noteworthy since the team managed to finish it without suffering any serious injuries.

Creamline makes up part of the women’s national team for the AVC Cup

The names of 14 players who will compete in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Cup for Women, which begins on Sunday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, were announced by the Philippine National Volleyball Federation on Wednesday. 

Players from Creamline, the recently crowned winner of the Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference, make up the national women’s squad. Before taking a Monday break, the team plays its first game of the season on Sunday against Vietnam. 

Prior to completing up pool play against Korea on Thursday, the Philippines will resume their bid against China on Tuesday and Iran on Wednesday.

To advance to the quarterfinals, the national women’s team must place among the top four in Pool A. In Pool A, the fifth-placed team will take ninth place. 

Following Kazakhstan’s Tuesday withdrawal, Pool B was down to four teams. Pool B is composed of Japan, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, and Australia. 

The Philippine team, which included Alyssa Valdez, Jia de Guzman, Jema Galanza, and Risa Sato, finished eighth in the most recent AVC Cup for Women competition held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, in 2018.

Ced Domingo, Jeanette Panaga, Michele Gumabao, Ella de Jesus, Pau Soriano, Kyla Atienza, Fille Cayetano, Kyle Negrito, Rose Vargas, and Tots Carlos make up the final member of the 14-woman team. 

The team’s head coach is Sherwin Meneses, who is supported by Karlo Santos, Bok Morado, and strength and conditioning coach Mark Caron. 

The team returns to practice fiercely once more at the PhilSports Arena.

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