By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
After grabbing its second consecutive championship title in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL), the Creamline Cool Smashers are up for bigger competition in the upcoming 2022 Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup.
PVL president Ricky Palou confirmed the Cool Smashers’ participation in the AVC Cup after the Philippine National Volleyball Federation’s (PNVF) initial lineup composed of players from the championship roster of the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs didn’t push through.
Following the miscommunication between the PNVF and the volleyball program of the Lady Bulldogs, the higher sporting body decided to drop 12 players from NU currently present in the national team’s pool.
The Cool Smashers will only have a week to prepare before the AVC kick-off and is yet to formalize its roster for the prestigious event.
Previously, the PNVF announced that holdovers from the past pool namely California Precision Sports’ Jelai Gajero and Akari’s Trisha Genesis will be acquired by the participating team.
However, the Creamline coaching staff and the PNVF will still have to formalize things including the fate of those two members of the national team.
PNVF agreed to host the AVC Cup to be held at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City from August 21-29.
Leading the Cool Smashers in the AVC Cup are Tots Carlos, Alyssa Valdez, Jema Galanza, Jia Morado- De Guzman, and Michele Gumabao.
“I’m very excited for everyone lalo na sa team namin kasi not all were exposed and nabigyan ng opportunity to play for the national team,” Valdez said.