PVL: Extra motivated to return to the Crimline finals

Crimline Cool Smashers in the semifinals.  PVL photo

Crimline Cool Smashers in the semifinals. PVL photo

MANILA, Philippines – With a 1-0 lead in the title series and several months away from losing a rubber match despite two set-ups, the Crimline can’t wait to play in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Championship series again.

Charismatic captain Alyssa Valdez said: “It’s very different from last year where we got younger. “But (that loss) has served as an additional inspiration for our campaign this year. And it shows in our games how hard we worked to get back to the finals – all the players and the coaching staff are so focused. “

This time it’s really different, as the crowd is allowed to rally around 17,000 animated spirits in their strong support for Wednesday’s action.
The Crimline have taken a place in the title series without losing a game because Valdez has enough support at this point.

The star-studded cool smashers have underestimated their ability to win the title by clearing their group assignments before bundling Cherry Tigo in the quarterfinals and sweeping the sister team Choco Mucho in the semifinals.

If anything, the Crimline has already changed the course of the tournament by losing a crossover in the quarter-finals.

It will now face Petro Gaz, who thrashed Signal in three games in the semifinals, once again in the best-of-three title series.

“It will be a different final for us, but we hope that we will be able to apply all the lessons we have learned from the bubble training and the bubble setup,” said Valdez.

Playmaker Zia de Guzman has become an important part of the Cool Smashers’ unbeaten run in the final as he ensures that all offensive options are being used and Valdez is not being overworked.

Tots Carlos has also emerged as a monster offensive machine and has no problem sharing the scoring load with Valdez and Gema Galanza.

Coach Sherwin Menezes said: “We are excited (to get to the final again).

The opening match of the series will be played at the Asia Arena in Poser Mall at 6pm before the transfer of action to the Yanares Center in Antipolo for the second game on Friday.

If a win-win-all match is required, it will also be played on Sunday at the Ynares Center. I

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