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    Alyssa Valdez still finds work to be done as Creamline on cusp of finals return

    Jul 4, 2019

    ALYSSA Valdez is putting premium on consistency to bring back Creamline to the Finals and complete its title-retention bid in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.

    Valdez and the Cool Smashers earned their 10th straight win in 11 matches after beating Pacifictown-Army, 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, to take Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinals series on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan City.

    But the five-time league MVP stressed that they still need to be more consistent as their winning streak is just a ‘testament of hard work in trainings’ but haven’t accomplished their goal.

    “It doesn’t mean na we’re really one percent of what we aim to be and what we aim for. We’re really looking forward na na mas gumanda pa yung game namin,” Valdez said.

    “It’s nice also that the little details na natatalo kami ng isang set (sa games), okay din yun para we have things to improve on,” she added.

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    The Creamline skipper insisted that consistency is key for them to overcome the Lady Troopers and advance to their third straight Finals appearance.

    “Labanan na ng consistency and puso sa latter part,” Valdez said. “Lalo na Army sila. Kahit sabihin natin na medyo veteran na sila hindi nila basta basta binibigay. Pag nakikita namin sila sa court very focus, their eyes are burning to win talaga.”

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    So for them to close out the series on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City, the former Ateneo Lady Eagle insisted that they have to match the volleyball IQ and perseverance of Pacifictown-Army and trust to coach Tai Bundit’s rotation with imports Kuttika Kaewpin and Ale Blanco and star-studded locals Jia Morado, Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza, Mel Gohing, Kyle Negrito, Pau Soriano and Kyla Atienza.

    “Kami as a team kailangan namin labanan yun by being smart and playing as a team,” Valdez said.

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    “Madami ring naipapasok si coach Tai kasi malalim din yung bench namin,” she added. “Third year pa lang namin pero we’re really blessed na players are inclined and interested to be part of our team. Kahit magagaling na sila I thnk they want to be also part of a team na may system.”

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