What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? LATEST STORIES View comments To many, it looked like Creamline was head and shoulders above the competition in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference and that a championship was virtually preordained.Don’t tell that to the backbone of the Cool Smashers’ offense.ADVERTISEMENT It’s bust for SMB sans Wells Setter Jia Morado said the road to the sweep was filled with obstacles.“But we really made it a point to power through and be there for each other and trust our whole coach staff,” she said.Conference Most Valuable Player Jema Galanza said what the people didn’t see was the perseverance that the team showed, especially under the watch of coach Tai Bundit, who is known to be very stringent when it comes to drills and fitness routines.“We experienced much hardships and sacrifices this conference, there were a lot of stories behind the scene,” said Galanza, who said the players had to be up 5 a.m. for the 6 a.m. grind every single day.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez swore that the team’s championship romp late Saturday night, when it blanked PetroGazz in the finale to complete a record sweep of the conference, was far from the smooth run Creamline made it look like.“We went through a lot of struggles and challenges this conference,” said Valdez who scored 19 points in Creamline’s 29-27, 25-22, 27-25 win over PetroGazz in Game 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceValdez missed five games in the long, double-round conference but the Cool Smashers still managed to win all 20 matches all the way to the title.“Me personally, I was out a few games and I saw how my teammates stepped up. That’s where I saw our full potential,” said Valdez, who had to divide her time between Creamline and the national team preparing for the Southeast Asian Games. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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 Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Rice industry paralysis Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?