MORE than Creamline's emphatic return to the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) throne, it's the fans who emerged triumphant from the shortened but impactful Open Conference.
For it quenched their thirst for volley action denied them the past two years due to the global health crisis. And the best and the brightest delivered what the league had guaranteed from the start — highly competitive duels.
And a slew of young, rising stars, led by no less than conference MVP Tots Carlos, ensured the steady flow of talents that would keep the pro league growing and glowing — and the fans packing the venues — in the next decade or so.
Record crowds of over 16,000 graced the Creamline-Choco Mucho semis showdown and Game One of the finals at the MOA Arena, and over 7,000 fans trooped to the Ynares Center in Antipolo and witnessed the Cool Smashers crown themselves the second pro champions after the Chery Tiggo Crossovers upstaged them in the inaugurals under the bubble setup in Ilocos Norte last August.
“I'm very happy for volleyball itself,” said Alyssa Valdez, easily the face of the sport the last few years. “It's just so nice that this is probably the biggest comeback in sports.”
“And we're very thankful for the fans; they're all here, cheering and supporting us,” added Valdez after powering the team to the title-clinching 25-18, 15-25, 25-23, 25-16 win over the Petro Gazz Angels last Friday.
Creamline also needed four sets — and a lot of patience and breaks — before squeezing out a 25-16, 23-25, 25-12, 32-30 victory over the plucky Angels in the series opener.
“We're just happy to welcome everyone, and I'm really thankful no matter who is their idol or the team they support, they are here to support the sport,” added Valdez.
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