WITH a short break between Reinforced and All-Filipino conferences, it will be a busy two weeks for the Premier Volleyball League teams.
Over the weekend, Creamline pulled off a recruitment coup as it acquired former Ateneo setter Jia Morado to boost its stock in the All-Filipino Conference slated to open on July 1.
Playing for her first club team after ending her four-year stint with the Lady Eagles, Morado will be a big help in orchestrating plays for the Cool Smashers, who captured the bronze medal in the Reinforced Conference.
Morado, a one-time UAAP Best Setter winner, will be reunited with newly-minted Reinforced Conference MVP Alyssa Valdez, which she welcomed her in the team in a tweet late Saturday, as well as her college coach Tai Bundit.
“Hello there @juliacmorado,” said Valdez, with a pink heart emoji on it.
Connecting well with Valdez, the 22-year old Morado’s superb setting powered Ateneo to back-to-back UAAP crowns in 2014 and 2015 at the expense of fierce rival La Salle.
Despite having one more year of playing eligibility, Morado announced her ‘graduation’ from the team early last month after the Lady Eagles’ championship loss to the Lady Spikers.
Also, all eyes will be on Michelle Morente, who was recently cut from Ateneo due to academic problems.
Aside from Creamline, newly-crowned Reinforced Conference champion Pocari Sweat has openly expressed interest in getting Morente, especially on the opposite spiker position.
“The @MichelleMorente sweepstakes is on. May the best team wins. I personally think she fits the #ladywarriors perfectly though,” said outgoing Pocari Sweat team manager Eric Ty on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Thai coach Nai Muhammad will now handle Perlas in lieu of Jerry Yee.
Perlas has also tabbed libero Gizelle Tan, while former University of the Philippines standouts Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon will still be around as it tries to improve its fifth place finish last conference.
Dzi Gervacio, the Perlas team captain, will not suit up in the mid-season tournament as she will take up a sports marketing course in the United States for three months.