MANILA, Philippines—Creamline could have completed the win from behind 25-16, 20-25, 14-25, 25-11, 15-9 over Chery Tiggo also running on Tuesday but nonetheless It’s also a sad outcome. because it couldn’t save his Grand Slam dream.
After a strong showing in the first set of the Cool Smashers, Mylene Paat and the Crossovers picked up momentum in the next two sets, especially in the third set, where they dominated and knocked the Cool Smashers out of the finals for the first time. after seven consecutive appearances.
Creamline captain Alyssa Valdez admits the pressure to win in three or four sets makes them better, failing to show their championship posture after two successful championships and an international pairing to represent the volleyball team. Filipino women.
“I think the pressure has come. And, it’s been a long time since we’ve felt that pressure. It’s been a long time since we’ve been in a situation like this. I think we really didn’t handle it the way a championship team would. Therefore, [it was]on us, on us,” said teary-eyed Valdez, who scored 18 points from 15 strikes and three blocks.
Although their championship hopes were dashed in the third set, the Cool Smashers held their heads high and fought proudly to win the comeback before being relegated in the battle for third place.
“What we did in the fourth and fifth sets, we showed it all. It’s really free volleyball, we respect the sport. That’s why I feel that, at the end of the day, when we play the next games, we will have that mentality,” she said.
PVL’s three-time MVP feels like going back to their rookie year as they won’t make it to the finals since the franchise entered the league in 2017 when Valdez competed overseas and the scorer Jia De Guzman, Jema Galanza, Celine Domingo, and Tots Carlos are still in UAAP.
“It’s weird to say we want to be back in our rookie year because we haven’t felt out of place in the Finals for so long,” Valdez said.
The result also meant that Creamline ended its bid to win a rare Grand Slam after it dominated the first two games. Overall, Cool Smashers have won 5 of the last 7 finals.
But Valdez promises that her team will learn from this. But for now, the Cool Smashers are looking to finish strong as they face the Crossovers once again in a bronze medal match of the best three that begins on Thursday.
“We have to keep learning. There are different situations each time. So we’re really lucky to be in this situation. In fact, we’re honored to feel that pressure and yes, we’re still very grateful,” Valdez said.
“It was a different learning experience when participating in the bronze medal game. So we’re going to play each game one by one,” she added.
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