For Alyssa Valdez, winning the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Most Valuable Player award is just the beginning for Tots Carlos.
"This is just the beginning for Tots [Carlos], I bet," said Valdez, who took home the Finals MVP award in Creamline's title-clinching Game Two win over Petro Gazz on Friday.
Carlos, who became the Cool Smashers' go-to scorer all throughout the tournament, gained her much-deserved recognition after winning both the MVP and the Best Opposite Spiker award. The former UP standout put up a number of 20-point explosions in the tournament while also flaunting her improved defensive skills.
But aside from Carlos, a number of Cool Smashers also stepped up in Creamline's redemption season. And Valdez is just thrilled to see her younger teammates blossom together.
"Jema Galanza, Ced, for everyone, for Jia, also, for Pangs, everyone really contributed, and also Kyla Atienza also they really gave their all here," said Valdez.
"As an ate, medyo tumatanda na. It's just so nice to see everyone stepping up and performing and taking that responsibility na kaya nila. Alam mo, I can see the growth not only in terms of their plays but also as an individual that's why siguro nadadala nila inside the court so alam mo yun," she added.
Creamline won its fourth title in franchise history after sweeping Petro Gazz in the finals. This is also the Cool Smashers' first-ever professional title after losing to Chery Tiggo in the previous conference.
And with the emergence of Carlos and the younger batch of Cool Smashers, it's only a matter of time before Creamline lifts its next trophy.