Creamline will deploy its complete arsenal when the 2019 PVL Open Conference swings into the semifinals on Saturday, as Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado are set to return to the fold just in time before the weekend.
As part of the buildup to the 30th Southeast Asian Games, both Valdez and Morado are currently in the thick of a training camp with the rest of the Philippine Women’s National Volleyball Team in Tokyo, Japan. But the battle-tested duo will fly back to Manila on Friday.
So, Creamline’s outside hitter and playmaker hope to make the most out of their time with the rest of the Philippine contingents.
“Hopefully, naman kahit ilang days lang kami rito, we can improve our chemistry with the team,” bared Valdez.
“Also, I think most especially Jia. I think her role is also crucial, and she really wanted to get all the type of sets na gusto rin talaga ng mga teammates niya.”
Valdez and Morado will suit up with the Nationals in two of five scheduled friendly matches. The first tune-up game will be against the Kashiwa Angel Cross on Tuesday; then the next one will be on Thursday against Gunma Bank Green Wings.
The rest of the tricolor squad in skipper Aby Marano, as well as Kalei Mau, Majoy Baron, Mika Reyes, Mylene Paat, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maddie Madayag, Ces Molina, Dawn Macandili, and Kath Arado will complete the extensive training camp. Meanwhile, Eya Laure, Jovelyn Gonzaga, and assistant coach Kungfu Reyes will fly in on Wednesday.
“I think we have a month naman, when we go back to the Philippines, to train with them,” Valdez said.
“Hopefully, we make the most out of it — bonding and jelling inside the court.”