TWO-time champion Creamline faces finals first-timer PetroGazz the PVL Reinforced Conference title series fires off on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
The top two in the six-team league kick-off their title showdown at 5 p.m.
The Cool Smashers are in their third straight finals, and skipper Alyssa Valdez believes the Angels could be their toughest foes, with imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson showing the way.
“It's been an interesting season but it’s going to be exciting in the finals kasi first time namin makakalaban ang Petro Gazz with one of the best imports na dumating din dito sa atin in Wilma Salas,” said Valdez.
But the two-time PVL MVP is confident the Creamline core featuring Jia Morado, Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and Mel Gohing as well as third time import Kuttika Kaewpin and newcomer Ale Blanco of Venezuela will be able to finish on top.
“Winning the championship is one of our goals but winning it happily and really altogether as a team, it's really our ultimate goal,” Valdez said.
“No matter what happens in the finals, we’re gonna stick together, we're gonna be one team and we're gonna give our one hundred percent. That's one thing that we can promise.”
PetroGazz, meanwhile, hopes to claim the title on its first finals appearance.
“Na-reach na namin ang target namin pero since na nandito na kami ibang usapan na yan,” said Angels head coach Arnold Laniog. “Ibibigay na lahat. Bigay todo na ‘to to get the championship.”
Laniog is also pinning his hopes on locals Jeanette Panaga, Cherry Nunag, Cai Baloaloa, Djanel Cheng, Paneng Mercado and Cienne Cruz.
“Feel ko naman sa mga players na talagang gusto nila ito but talagang sabi ko for me, sa personal talaga, yung determination ko, drive ko to win the championship mas nangingibabaw,” said Laniog. “But then sabi ko nga once na mahigitan nila ang drive ko talaga not impossible [na mag-champion]. In the end naman talaga sila naman ang may call.”