Out of race for outright semis spots, Alyssa Valdez confident Creamline can still recover and advance
Alyssa Valdez are running fifth and wiill have to play in the second phase to try and earn a semifinal berth. 

ALYSSA Valdez remains optimistic Creamline will be able to find its rhythm and catch the last bus to the semifinals after missing its chance for an outright spot in the round of four of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.

The Cool Smashers are running fifth in the six-team tournament with a 3-5 win-loss record and hope to use their remaining two matches in the eliminations to prepare for the next phase.

The league changed the tournament format as the tournament entered the final stretch of the eliminations, with the top two teams advancing outright to the semifinals.

The other four teams battle it out for the third and fourth semifinal spots.

BaliPure was first to the semifinals with a 6-2 card, while Pocari Sweat is running second at 6-3.

Perlas is in third with a 5-4 record followed by Power Smashers (4-4), Creamline (3-5) and Air Force (1-7).

Creamline faces BaliPure on Tuesday and Perlas on Thursday before the round-robin featuring the third to sixth-placed teams.

Valdez admitted Creamline has a lot to work on even after eight matches together.

“As the season goes, marami pa kaming kailangan ayusin as a team. We can't make excuses also so we have to accept the fact that we lost today, recover tomorrow, and try to do well sa next game,” said the 23-year old Valdez after the Cool Smashers lost in five sets to Power Smashers.

The Cool Smashers are also looking to avenge their previous losses to the Water Defenders and the Spikers and get a boost in morale before the second phase of the tournament.

“It's more of a confidence booster for the team kasi we're a combination of young and veteran players and may imports,” said Valdez.

“We have to get confidence and we really have to fight and give all our heart into every game. We have to establish that in our next two games and hopefully madala namin sa next round,” she added.

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