Intact Cool Smashers remain heavy favorite in Premier Volleyball League

December 09, 2018

AN emerging dynasty in local club women’s volleyball loop, Creamline prepares to build up on its two-conference sweep of the just-concluded Premier Volleyball League season.

As the Cool Smashers are entering the post-Tai Bundit era, Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Jema Galanza, Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato and Pau Soriano are looking to keep the winning tradition in the next few years.

With the rest of the teams now working out to soup up their respective rosters for the league’s third season, Creamline will not just rest its laurels.

For one, former league MVP Myla Pablo has linked up with newcomer Motolite after an abbreviated stint with Pocari Sweat with the other squads also shoring up their respective lineups in time for the next battle.

The Cool Smashers gave Bundit a fitting send-off by winning the Open Conference championship to cap a banner year.

Creamline swept an overachieving Ateneo-Motolite squad in the Finals, matching its equally convincing triumph over PayMaya in the Reinforced Conference last July.

Through their twin championships, not to mention in their UAAP triumphs, Valdez credited Bundit for his dedication and motivation that brought out the best in them.

“He deserved a great exit, he deserved nothing but the best,” said Valdez of her Thai mentor, whose coaching style altered the local volleyball landscape late in 2013, steering the Lady Eagles to back-to-back UAAP crowns. “Definitely mami-miss namin siya.”

There was language barrier at first, but Bundit was successful in reaching out to his wards through his now classic “heartstrong” mantra. 

”I’m very happy,” said Bundit, who will return to Thailand to be with his family this week.

On their way to their second PVL championship, the Cool Smashers actually stumbled right on their first game. But the conference-opening loss to PetroGazz proved to be a just minor slip as Creamline regrouped just as quickly and started to impose its will and strength, thus piling up victories after victories to finish the eliminations as the No. 1 team at 11-3.

The Cool Smashers then reasserted their might over the Angels in the Final Four to make it to the title round.