PHILIPPINES’ Creamline returned home proud and happy with the results of the AVC 2022. The team has given their best with so much learning and enriching of skills and team dynamics from the Asian Volleyball Confederation Cup of 2022. Competing with many of Asia’s best athletes, no one goes home empty handed. Either you go home with a trophy, or you go home with a load of learnings.
Add the opportunity to hype up the volleyball scene not only of the Asian region, but also for the Philippines.
This has been very true for Philippines’ Creamline, and of course, as openly admitted, Filipina volleyball star Tots Carlos as well.
The Philippines fought well and hard and reached 6th place in the conclusion of the recent AVC Cup 2022.
Despite the outcome, it will still be the nation’s best finish, in the seven previous iterations of the continental competition has already had.
The Philippine team has only competed in this event twice, and in its first outing in 2018, the team finished ninth.
Although the Creamline Cool Smashers weren’t aware they would wear the national team colors until a month ago, merely honoring the flag and country is already a great honor.
A significant plus is that they get to compete against and learn from Asia’s best teams.
The back to back PVL MVP Tots Carlos cheerfully says, after their five-set victory against Australia just last Sunday afternoon: “We’re grateful that we’re here and alam mo naman kami, doon pa rin kami sa learning eh so we try to absorb yung mga kailangan namin matutunan.”
(We’re grateful that we’re here and you know us, we’re still there learning so we try to absorb what we need to learn.)
“As athletes din marami kaming natutunan, nakikita namin ‘yung sistema ng ibang teams,” the 24 year old spiker from Lubao, Pampanga, continues to say.
(As athletes we also learn a lot, we see the system of other teams.)
Carlos had already faced up against the best volleyball players in Asia, including Wu Mengjie of China, Chatchu-on Moksri of Thailand, and Tran Thi Thanh Thuy of Vietnam.
The University of the Philippines product also stood out against the Volleyroos, scoring 26 significant points on 25 kills and one block.
Carlos continued by describing the enormous lift that the boisterous PhilSports Arena audience provides whenever the Philippines plays.
She expresses further, “Like what we always say we’re just really happy to be here, representing the flag and we hope na we’re making all the Filipinos proud.”
And lastly on the matter, Tots shares, “Sa lahat ng sumusuporta po sa amin, maraming maraming salamat po. Dama po namin kayo.”
(To everyone who supports us, thank you very much. We feel you.)
On Tots Carlos
Diana Mae Magtoto “Tots” Carlos, a Filipina volleyball player who now competes for the Creamline Cool Smashers, was born on July 7, 1998. She was a member of the collegiate varsity indoor and beach volleyball teams at the University of the Philippines-Diliman and was playing for the UP Lady Fighting Maroons. In the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference and 2022 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, she won back-to-back awards for Most Valuable Player and Best Opposite Spiker. She participates in the 2022 Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup as a member of the Philippine women’s national volleyball squad.
Tots Carlos, a volleybelle from Pampanga, was one of the most sought-after recruits to compete in the UAAP Season 78. Along with UP, DLSU, Adamson, and FEU were other UAAP teams that were interested in signing her. Prior to enrolling in the University of the Philippines-Diliman, she won the Palarong Pambansa Best Blocker title. She is currently a player with the UP Fighting Lady Maroons. She assisted her collegiate squad in reaching the UAAP Season 78 Final Four and helped the group earn two Shakey’s V-League bronze medals.
Carlos is known for her versatility, she was a Middle Blocker in High School before she was converted to an Opposite Hitter, and later on to an Outside Hitter for the Lady Maroons. Carlos won the Inquirer 7 – Week 2 Top 7 and Week 3 Top 1 Player from the UAAP.
Carlos’ Significant Career and Championship History
2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix – Med 3.png Bronze medal, with Foton Tornadoes
2021 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference – Med 2.png Runner-up with Creamline Cool Smashers
2022 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference – Med 1.png Champion, with Creamline Cool Smashers
2022 Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference – Med 1.png Champion, with Creamline Cool Smashers