MANILA, Philippines — Tots Carlos has proven once again that despite playing limited action in their previous matches, he is always ready to surrender for Creamline when his number is called.
The two-time Premier Volleyball League MVP laid out the tournament’s best 25 points, beating Creamline’s Choco Mucho 15-25, 25-20, 25-20, 28-26 at the 2022 Strengthened Conference in front of roaring 19,000 fans on Thursday. At the Mall of Asia Arena.
“I’m always ready. They say my name and I’ll be there. Siyempre, ex parin ako maglaro (I’m hungry to play) so every point, every game I try to do my best and help the team,” said Carlos, 18 dunks, six blocks and digs and 18 excellent reception after registering an ace and also after registering 16 points.
“I am so grateful for the chance given to me by the coach,” he added.
Carlos hit big in the fourth round to prevent the Flying Titans, who struggled hard without Odina Aliyeva, from pushing a decision maker.
The University of the Philippines’ former prominent player said she relied on Creamline’s familiarity as an all-Filipino player, after Cool Smashers import Yeliz Basa only played in the first two sets due to a shoulder injury.
“We’re really more comfortable playing together because we’ve been teammates for years. And I think the team that was more eager to win got the winning result,” said Carlos in Filipino.
When asked if Carlos would have more time in the semi-final round, Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses said it still depends on Basa’s recovery and a week’s preparation.
“Let’s see first because we still have a week to prepare. We all want the Tots to play but it really depends on our rotation. We look at what is best for our team. After finishing qualifying with a record 7-1, Meneses said in Filipino: As of now (for the semi-finals), we have not decided yet.
Envisioning a tougher round-robin against his top four teammates, including Chery Tiggo, Carlos swears he’ll be ready for whatever role he takes in the semi-finals.
“Of course, pressure matches. We need to prepare for the other teams as well because getting to the Final Four is really hard, so they will definitely get better in this semi-final. Let’s get back to the gym to get used to our games and polish the basics.”
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to access The Philippine Daily Inquirer and over 70 other topics, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am, and share articles on social media. Dial 896 6000.