CREAMLINE star setter Jia Morado said that they will play without pressure and treat Game Two of the Finals as just a regular game when the Cool Smashers go for the sweep against Ateneo-Motolite for the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference title on Saturday at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum.
After making short work of their alma mater in Game One with a rousing 25-17, 25-10, 25-15 victory last Wednesday, Morado said there’s no pressure in getting the job done as they are a win away from completing a back-to-back this this PVL season.
“Parang iniisip namin na it’s a regular game kasi it wouldn’t do us any good if ipepressure namin yung sarili namin ng ganun,” said Morado, who dished out 23 excellent sets on top of six hits in Game One.
“Sa ganitong klaseng Finals series, the last thing you want to do is pressure yourselves and we want na yung laro na mapakita namin is kung ano yung pinakamagandang nilalaro namin sa training na wala kaming ibang iniisip na championship," she added.
The former Lady Eagle said that their head coach Tai Bundit’s familiarity with his former players was a huge factor in their dominant Game One win.
“Most of us on that court at some point in our college careers and si Coach Tai marami siyang pinalakas sa amin,” Morado said. “I’m pretty sure kahit hindi na niya hawak yung isang player alam na niya kung ano yung kakayahan ng isang player na yun.”
“It was a big factor na kilala niya yung Ateneo at alam niya kung paano kami makakaadjust to counter yung Ateneo but he also gives them the amount of respect that they deserve na paghandaan talaga sila ng ganung klase,” she added.
The Finals Most Valuable Player of Creamline’s championship run in the Reinforced Conference is just happy that she and teammates Alyssa Valdez, Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza, Pau Soriano, and libero Mel Gohing worked as a unit.
“Very important na napagana namin yung spikers namin at least hindi naging predictable yung offense namin,” she said. “But at the same time, we have to credit din yung defense and yung receive ng team namin — total team effort siya — kasi hindi namin magagawa yung mga plays na ganun kung wala kaming receive.”
Morado is hoping to carry their momentum and even improve their past performance to accomplish their championship goal but knowing this batch of Lady Eagles, it’s not going to be easy.
“We’re pretty sure sa next game ibang laban nanaman yun back to zero nanaman yung laro and ibang klaseng paghahanda nanaman yung gagawin ng parehong team,” she said.