first_imgValdez and Morado will plane in from Japan, where they are training with the national team that is preparing for the coming Southeast Asian Games.“It’s only going to get better from here and we’re ready to welcome them back,” said Creamline opposite hitter Michele Gumabao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAlso starting their own best-of-three semis duel are PetroGazz and BanKo Perlas at 4 p.m.While Valdez and Morado are certain to boost an already talent-rich squad, Myla Pablo isn’t quite sure how much ready she will be to lead Motolite—at least, physically. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “I’ll give it my best shot even if I’m not 100-percent in shape,” said Pablo, a two-time league MVP.That means pressure will be heavy on rising stars Tots Carlos and Isa Molde to provide dependable point production for Motolite, which runs on a system that employs low-key players like Ayie Gannaban, Fenela Emnas, Genn Layug and Jessma Ramos.Much of the semifinal drama will be found in the Angels-Perlas Spikers duel after both teams split their elimination-round showdowns.Jonah Sabete and Jovielyn Prado will banner PetroGazz, which is aching to prove it has that winning quality in an import-less tournament.Cherry Nunag, Paneng Mercado, Jeanette Panaga, Cai Baloaloa and setter Relea Saet are also expected to play big roles for the Angels.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PSC wants full perks for PH athletes DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Creamline showed just how deep it is when it swept through the elimination round even while playing games minus stars Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado.So faced with a team they trounced twice on the way to a 16-0 sweep of the preliminary round—whose main star is nursing a foot injury, the Cool Smashers are planing in their battle-tested setter-hitter duo for the opener of their semifinal series against Motolite on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View commentslast_img