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Kyle Negrito embraces individuality amidst comparison

In the intense battleground of the 2024 Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference, Kyle Negrito stood resilient as Creamline faced its fiercest challenges head-on. 

She became a symbol of unwavering determination, weathering storms of criticism and comparison, ultimately leading her team to a historic back-to-back championship victory.

Constantly juxtaposed against the legendary Jia De Guzman, Negrito bore the weight of expectations with grace. 

De Guzman's departure to Japan's V.League left a significant void, considering her unparalleled achievements, clinching the PVL Best Setter award a remarkable eight times. 

Yet, Negrito refused to be overshadowed by her predecessor's legacy. Instead, she carved her own path to greatness.

With the resounding victory over Choco Mucho on a fateful Sunday, securing Creamline's eighth crown, Negrito's triumph echoed through the arena. 

She humbly acknowledged the comparisons but emphasized her commitment to fulfilling the team's objectives, echoing the sentiment that while she may not be De Guzman, she is determined to excel in her own right.

“Unang-una pa lang 'yun na ang hinahanap ng mga tao at kami ni Ate Jia, lagi po kaming nag-uusap, at grabe ang guidance niya rin sa akin," Negrito remarked. “'Yung team ko naman at mga coach, hindi naman hinahanap si Ate Jia sa akin."

In a poignant moment of self-assurance, Negrito embraced her individuality, recognizing that she and De Guzman are distinct entities, each contributing uniquely to the team's legacy. 

“Ako ay ako at si Ate Jia ay si Ate Jia, at si Ate Jia ay ang GOAT," she affirmed, acknowledging De Guzman as the greatest of all time.

Her stellar performance garnered her the prestigious Best Setter award in the PVL for the second consecutive season, a testament to her unwavering dedication and skill on the court. 

Grateful for the unwavering support of Creamline's loyal fans, Negrito expressed her heartfelt appreciation.

“Gusto ko lang din talagang magpasalamat sa mga totoong fans ng Creamline Cool Smashers, sa lahat ng naniwala sa amin at sumuporta sa amin hanggang sa dulo, kahit anong nangyayari sa team namin ay hindi kami sinukuan. Para sa inyo ito,” Negrito expressed, her voice brimming with emotion. 

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