MANILA, Philippines — Tots Carlos and Alyssa Valdez enjoyed their experience playing in front of 19,000 roaring fans, the Premier Volleyball League’s largest audience attendance during this pandemic period, as they beat Creamline sister team Choco Mucho 15-25, 25-20. at Mall of Asia Arena on Thursdays, 25-20, 28-26.
While Turkish spiker Yeliz Basa only played in the first two sets due to a shoulder injury, Cool Smashers turned to Carlos, who scored 25 points against Choco Mucho, who also missed reinforcement Odina Aliyeva due to health and safety protocols.
Two-time MVP Carlos admitted that they had a hard time hearing each other on the pitch, but was happy to see the support of the fans of both Rebisco teams.
“Kaya pala wala akong marinig,” Carlos said jokingly. “We are especially happy for Rebisco, as our game is a traditional get-together. Of course, Sir Jonathan (Ng) is very happy that many volleyball fans are supporting the Rebisco teams.”
carlos He played his best game in the conference with 18 dunks, including six blocks in the fourth set, clutch strikes and an ace, as well as 16 digs and 18 excellent receptions.
Valdez also thanked all the fans from different parts of the country for coming all the way to the MOA Arena.
“It was worth it. I will always be grateful to the fans who came from all over the country just to watch this game. Tickets are sold out. We really want to thank you all and really appreciate you all,” said Valdez, who scored 14 points. “We hope they continue to love and appreciate the sport and the players, it could be from other teams – as much as we love sports.”
Despite the slow start and having to recover from a late scare, Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses also expressed his satisfaction after overcoming a valiant effort by the all-Filipino Flying Titans.
“It was a really good match,” said Meneses in Filipino. “We were surprised that they didn’t have anything imported at the beginning of the game. But for us, whether we’re facing an all-Filipino team or not, we have to stay focused and play well.”
After finishing the qualifiers with a league-leading 7-1, Cool Smashers are trying to make the most of their one-week break ahead of the round-robin semi-finals, where records are set to hit zero again.
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