Fri. Jun 2nd, 2023

Creamline Cool Smashers’ MIchele Gumabao. –PVL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–With Creamline lacking considered one of its stars, Michele Gumabao stepped up for the Cool Smashers entire convention lengthy and emerged because the Greatest Reverse Spiker of the 2023 Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Convention.

Gumabao, who additionally emerged as the highest spiker of the elimination spherical, scored 18 factors within the Creamline’s 20-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-15 title-clinching victory over Petro Gazz on Thursday at Mall of Asia Enviornment. She averaged 19.0 factors of their three-game Finals collection.

Creamline went by the wringer within the Finals, dropping Recreation 1 and needing 5 gruelling units in Recreation 2 to pressure a decider towards the hard-fighting Angels, who gave the Cool Smashers all they might deal with.

“We have been actually challenged this finals. Coach Sherwin is aware of that Petro Gazz introduced out lots of surprises,” admitted Gumabao.  “However everybody displayed composure and teamwork. Coach simply reminded us to assist one another and we now have to work as one. Not less than, we compelled a 3rd sport and we gained it.”

Gumabao’s constant numbers from the eliminations as much as the finals have been a giant enhance for Creamline, which performed with out injured three-time MVP Alyssa Valdez.

“We’re tremendous joyful as a result of all of our laborious work for the previous few months resulted in a championship and naturally, all the person awards. However the very best factor about it’s the championship. We labored laborious for it and we actually prayed for it,” Gumabao stated.

Alyssa Valdez on the bench for Creamline Cool Smashers. –PVL PHOTO

Gumabao stated they by no means felt the absence of Valdez the court docket since she was all the time there to inspire and cheer for them from the bench or throughout apply.

“After all, she’s a part of our crew’s motivation, as a result of she is in apply each day even when she will’t play. She is all the time there to help us once we want a wake-up name,” stated Gumabao of Valdez.

“We didn’t need her to be harassed on our sport anymore as a result of she has to give attention to her restoration, and she or he has to focus additionally on getting again to her 100%. We dedicate this to lots of people however Ate Ly was an enormous inspiration to us.”


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