Jeanette Panaga, 2019 PVL Open Conference second-best middle blocker, had struck a deal with reigning champion Creamline Cool Smashers after her contract with Petro Gazz Angels ended.

/ 6 January 2021

Just days after Panaga bid farewell with Petro Gazz, the 6-foot middle blocker had announced that she had already signed to play with Creamline which she confirmed during an interview.

“This year, I will be joining Creamline. Very exciting para sa akin kasi Creamline, one of the biggest teams sa Pilipinas, maraming magagaling na players,” Panaga confirmed with Spin.ph.

“I feel so honored na isa ako sa na-consider nila na maglaro for them. I’m sure marami akong maututunan sa team, and syempre hoping din ako na makatulong sa kanila,” she continued. 

Last Sunday, Panaga announced her departure with Petro Gazz alongside Jonah Sabete, Cherry Nunag, Kai Baloaloa, and Jovelyn Prado.

Then, it was not that long that Panaga found her new home. 

Moreover, Panaga shared that her transfer was a career move and a smart decision for her after crises in 2020. 

“I really needed to consider many factors. Hindi lang sarili ko, but pati family ko and growth ng career ko. Mahirap yung decision kasi nakita naman ng mga tao kung gaano ka-close yung team ng Petro Gazz, yung iba dun sa previous teams kasama ko na sila. But if there’s one thing I learned this 2020, kailangan talaga maging smart sa decisions kasi sa isang iglap, ang daming pwede mawala,” Panaga said.

In the last two conferences, Panaga, together with the Petro Gazz Angels, orchestrated their way to the finals which saw them stunning the Cool Smashers in the Reinforced Conference but fell short in the Open Conference. 

The College of Saint Benilde stalwart is set to boost the net defense of Creamline along with Risa Sato, Pau Soriano, and Celine Domingo in the frontline.

Panaga can not wait to indulge in her sport once again following a new journey this year and a stronger relationship with her partner. 

“Super inspired ako lalo na mas nadagdagan yung motivation ko for this year. Kaya sana this year, makabalik na ang volleyball. This 2021, pag-resume ng volleyball, sigurado ako maraming changes pero I’m excited to work with my new team in overcoming the challenges sa sports under the new normal,” she ended.