By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
Superstar middle blocker Ced Domingo is ready to embark on her new professional volleyball journey after signing with Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand.
Virtual Playground, Domingo’s agency, confirmed the latest development last October 23, 2023, and announced that she will be flying to Thailand and make her debut in the Thailand Volleyball League.
Last October 18, 2023, the Creamline Cool Smashers granted her formal release after not suiting up for the franchise during their opening game day in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League (PVL) All-Filipino Conference.
“We are proud and excited to announce that with great respect and understanding, Creamline management has carefully considered Ceddie’s request to play for a foreign team, and has granted her permission to pursue her dreams abroad,” wrote Creamline.
The veteran middle blocker was a key piece to the club’s dominant championship run this year and has won a total of four titles under the Creamline franchise.
Perhaps her best year was the 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) season when she was named as the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) awardee during the Cool Smashers’ title run.
With Domingo now out of Creamline’s official lineup in the ongoing All-Filipino Conference, the Cool Smashers will be banking on Alyssa Valdez, Tots Carlos, and Jema Galanza to run the show.
Also, the team will have to gain consistent outings from Pangs Panaga and Michele Gumabao, the versatile two-way players of the Cool Smashers.
Domingo will now join De Guzman, Jaja Santiago, Iris Tolenada, and MJ Phillips as the only Filipinas who have standing contracts with foreign volleyball clubs.
“As I take on greater heights, I will always remember the stepping stones that Philippine Volleyball, most especially Creamline and Rebisco, have allowed me to step on,” said Domingo.