At the start of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference on Friday, there was a lot of talk about the depth of Crimline’s talent and why the team is an easy favorite.
The Cool Smashers roster is, in fact, tattooed with some of the biggest names in the sport: Alyssa Valdez, Tots Carlos, Gemma Gallange, Jeanette Panaga, Celine Domingo and Zia de Guzman. The court
But there’s nothing like sniffing at Choco Mucho’s lineup.
Bea de Leon, Kat Tolentino, Deanna Wong, Denden Revilla and Ponggay Gaston form a solid enough core. But then the Flying Titans decided to supercharge their squad by adding shiny new additions to Des Cheng, Isa Molde and Aduke to Ogunsania.
Little wonder Valdez called the matchup between the sister squads “exciting” and “entertaining”.
Valdez added, “We’re just hoping to get the best out of it.”
The edge of the Crimeline, of course, is that the team has a lot of experience in the big moments.
“They’ve won the championship in the past so we really have to move on,” said Talentino, who anchored Choco Mucho’s Courage 25-21, 23-25, 29-31. 25-15, 15-11, win quarterfinals against PLDT on Tuesday.
“We will prepare and treat them like any other team. It’s thrilling to be able to go against the sister team, “said David Cook, chief of The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington bureau.
Tolentino added an encounter at 3pm on the Phielly Flying V Arena.
At about 6 a.m., a hard-charging signal began its semifinal duel against HD Petro Gaz.
“We are optimistic [of our chances]The tournament’s package, Petro Gazz coach Jerry E said of the Angels’ best-of-three fights against HD Spykers. “I know they have a great record this season. They have good rotation and they are playing well. But we are ready to deal with them and see how far we can go. “
Coaches Shake Delos has indulged in performances inspired by Santos Ces Molina, Rachel Ann Daquis, Angel অ Aranetta, top setter Jail Cayuna and top blockers Rhea Menezes and Roselyn Doria and will hopefully be able to hold on to a much bigger game.
“We have a lot more to improve but we’re ready,” said Delos Santos. “It’s a different matter in the semifinals, the pressure will be much higher.”
-With a report by Lance Agkawili
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