ANTIPOLO CITY — Alyssa Valdez admitted that a perfect performance of the Petro Gazz imports with strong support from the locals took away the crown from Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference Finals.
“It’s hard to accept that we lost today but it’s easier for us to really give it to Petro Gazz, we know na buong buo yung puso nila to win,” said Valdez after Creamline’s dynasty was denied by Finals first-timer Petro Gazz.
The Cool Smashers had no answer to the combined 53 points of Angels imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson as they got dethroned, 15-25, 30-28, 23-25, 19-25 in Game Three on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.
“We have to give it to Petro Gazz kasi their imports, they played perfectly today and their locals really supported them pretty well,” said Valdez, who put up 22 points in a losing import in Game 3.
“Actually it’s hard to stop Petro Gazz also, cause 50 points are from the imports that’s technically two sets and ififill na lang tapos may errors and everything,” she added.
For their part, it was a huge wake-up call and a lesson learned that all good things come to an end after failing to defend their throne.
“Sabi nga namin we have bigger things to achieve pa, this time sinasabi lang sa amin ni God na we have to work harder,” Valdez said. “Kasi it’s been for the longest time din na we’ve been battling in the Finals so siguro sabi ni God kailangan niyong malaman kung ano pa yung mga kailangan mo. So ngayon ginising niya kami para for the next conference.”
The Creamline team captain also admitted that one of the many lessons they learned this conference is their adjustment from Chinese coach Huanning Li, who got sacked off duties after the first game loss, before Head coach Tai Bundit returned to call the shots mid first round steering the Cool Smashers to 12 straight wins until Finals Game One before failing to close out the series.
“Ako ha, it’s my opinion, we can’t change talaga the system that has been working and I think in that process kasi confidence will lose, chemistry siguro bababa din,” Valdez said. “For the past more than a month, we’ve been under coach Tai before that we’d been under a different coach also. It was a different conference for us cause we had to re-adjust, adjust again and really do something different in our team siguro.”
It was the huge challenge for Valdez this conference but they have to move forward to keep a good progress for the team as the Cool Smashers defend their Open Conference crown starting this August.
“Going to the second conference, All Filipino, hindi ko sinasabi na we’re all equal but ang sinasabi ko lahat ng locals magtatrabaho kasi gusto naming manalo,” Valdez said. “I think that’s the beauty of (Open Conference) talaga makikita natin ang talent ng kapwa nating mga Filipino.”