Cream­line eyes sweep

Valdez hopes to give ‘kababayans’ some­thing to cheer about

Tempo - - Sports - By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

Games To­day (Batan­gas City Coli­seum)

2 p.m. – BanKo-Per­las vs PetroGazz Pre­sen­ta­tion of In­di­vid­ual Awards 4 p.m. – Cream­line vs Ate­neo-Mo­to­lite

Cream­line star Alyssa Valdez hopes to ful­fill a long-time dream of win­ning a cham­pi­onship in front of her province­mates when the Cool Smash­ers eye a sweep of the cham­pi­onship against the Ate­neo Mo­to­lite Lady Ea­gles to­day in the Premier Vol­ley­ball League Open Con­fer­ence at the Batan­gas City Coli­seum.

Match is at 4 p.m. with Valdez and the Cool Smash­ers de­terWith mined to take ad­van­tage of the ex­pected crowd sup­port to wrap up their best-of-three ti­tle se­ries.

“Not only I’ll play in­spired, but I think it’s also one way of giv­ing back to Batan­gas,” said Valdez, who hails from San Juan.

Cream­line needed only 67 min­utes to beat Ate­neo-Mo­to­lite in Game 1, 25-17, 25-10, 25-15, on Wed­nes­day.

Vet­eran set­ter Jia Mo­rado was re­spon­si­ble for the va­ri­ety of plays, dis­tribut­ing the ball well to frus­trate Ate­neo-Mo­to­lite’s net de­fend­ers.

“By in­volv­ing all our spik­ers, we make our of­fense a lot more un­pre­dictable,” said Mo­rado, , who pro­duced 23 ex­cel­lent sets that helped draw 14 hits from Valdez, 12 mark­ers from Michelle Gum­abao and a com­bined 17-hit game from Jema Galanza and Risa Sato.

But Ate­neo-Mo­to­lite is un­daunted with coach Oliver Al­madro look­ing to get more from Kat To­lentino, Mad­die Ma­dayag and Bea De Leon.

“My play­ers will re­ally do their best and they will never, ever give up,” said Al­madro, adding that he hopes his play­ers will play a re­lax game this time af­ter a tight Game 1 show­ing.

Mean­while, BanKo-Per­las seeks a third-place fin­ish in its 2 p.m. con­fronta­tion with PetroGazz.

In­di­vid­ual awards will be pre­sented be­fore Game 2 of the fi­nals.

ALYSSA Valdez

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