Creamline Creamline hopes to sustain its dynastic rule in the PVL All-Filipino Conference. PVL photo

Creamline sets sights on 3rd straight All-Filipino crown

February 18, 2024 Theodore P. Jurado 159 views

CREAMLINE has set its sights on securing a third straight All-Filipino Conference diadem when the Premier Volleyball League kicks off on Tuesday at the Philsports Arena.

While many clubs underwent significant changes to enhance their competitiveness, the Cool Smashers opted for some minor adjustments as they seek an eighth championship overall.

Bea de Leon and libero Dennise Lazaro-Revilla were acquired by Creamline from sister team Choco Mucho, while beach volleyball standout Dij Rodriguez has already moved indoors and will make her PVL debut.

Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses acknowledges the formidable challenge ahead but remains committed to finding ways to clinch another title for the flagship Rebisco franchise.

He underlines Cool Smashers’ all-embracing goal of winning championships and the crucial question of how to achieve it.

“Creamline’s goal is to win championships. But the question is: ‘How are we going to do it?’” said Meneses.

Having led the team to back-to-back All-Filipino crowns in the previous year, for their sixth and seventh championships since 2017, Meneses recognizes the task at hand with 11 teams, including two newcomers, eager to halt their title run.

Meneses also stressed the importance of taking each match one step at a time and staying prepared for every opponent.

“One point at a time lang kami, trabaho lang, preparation, kung sino yung kalaban magpe-prepare kami nang mabuti. Hopefully, maging maganda yung result ng mga games namin,” Meneses said.

Blessed with a roster made up of Tots Carlos, Jema Galanza, Alyssa Valdez, Michele Gumabao, Kyle Negrito, Jeannete Panaga and Kyla Atienza, the Cool Smashers are all set to defend the throne.

While aware of the adaptation process for new team members De Leon, Lazaro-Revilla and Rodriguez, Meneses expressed confidence in the veteran players’ ability to quickly adjust to his system.

“Siyempre hindi ganun kabilis yung pag-adapt pero going there naman yung ginagawa namin para sa kanila,” said Meneses. “Siyempre napaka-importante ng time para ma-adapt yung sistema pero sa tingin ko sobrang bilis nila makaka-adapt kasi mga veteran players sila.”

To pave the way for another championship opportunity, Meneses is putting premium on their preparation, focusing on minimizing mistakes, especially basic errors.

“Yung preparation namin this conference is almost the same lang the last time out. Lagi lang namin tini-training na mabawasan yung mga errors namin, yung mga basic error and siyempre talagang yung ibang team nagpalakas sila, so ready naman kami this conference,” said Meneses.

The rest are also all geared up for battle, including PetroGazz, Choco Mucho, Cignal, Chery Tiggo and PLDT with Akari, Nxled, Galeries Tower and Farm Fresh all optimistic about their respective chances.

New teams Capital1 and Strong Group are also raring to go and make a notable impact in their first foray in the country’s premier league, guaranteeing furious, high-powered action among the best and the brightest in the next two months.

The Cool Smashers will face the Foxies in their season opener on Feb. 24 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.