A fired-up Alyssa Valdez and a healthy Myla Pablo brace for a power duel as Creamline shoots for a second straight victory and Motolite tries to kick off its campaign right in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan today.
The two of the country’s top players didn’t actually go at it in the recent Reinforced Conference as Pablo suffered a lower back injury just right before the start of their campaign and was hardly a factor for the rest of the tournament.
Though far being 100 percent, the former National U stalwart said she’s slowly but surely getting back in form and expects to be in top shape come gametime at 4 p.m.
“I’m really excited since I wasn’t able to play the way I wanted to in the Reinforced,” said Pablo. “I wasn’t fully recovered that time but now I’m good.”
That guarantees a slam-bang face-off between the defending champion Cool Smashers and the Power Builders out to make up for their forgettable fifth-place finish in season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.
Valdez primed up for her face-off with Pablo by helping lead the Cool Smashers to a 25-23, 25-20, 25-15 victory over the returning Air Force Jet Spikers in Sunday’s inaugurals of the mid-season conference of the league backed by Mikasa, Asics and KFC.
BanKo-Perlas, also out to atone for its fourth place finish in the first conference, toppled Reinforced Conference titlist PetroGazz, 25-20, 11-25, 25-21, 25-18, also last Sunday and, like Creamline, is gunning for a second straight win against PacificTown Army at 6 p.m.
Choco Mucho, one of the two newcomers in the league, the other being the Chef’s Classics, square off with BaliPure in the 2 p.m. opener of an explosive triple-bill tipped to stir up interest and produce surprises.
But the Creamline-Motolite showdown should generate much attention with Michele Gumabao also out to sustain the former that netted her a top-scoring 14-point output against the Jet Spikers along with mainstays Risa Sato, Jema Galanza, Pau Soriano and ace playmaker Jia Morado.
But aside from Pablo, Motolite also boasts of Fil-Am setter Iris Tolenada, Pablo’s former teammate at Pocari Sweat who is joining the squad after a three-year hiatus.