CREAMLINE CLINCHES FINALS BERTH WITH A STATEMENT SWEEP AGAINST PETRO GAZZ
Creamline shuts down rival Petro Gazz in a commanding sweep, 27-25, 25-22, 25-16, to clinch their first professional league finals berth in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference semifinals on Monday at the PVC Socio-Civic & Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.
Super scorer Tots Carlos continued to pace Creamline as she squeezed in a game-high 21 points off 18 attacks, two aces, and a block in just a three-set match.
The Cool Smashers earned their fifth straight PVL finals appearance — first in the professional era and is now nearing their first-ever pro volleyball title.
“It’s a total team effort for the Cool Smashers mapa sa labas ng court, yung mga second stringers or yung coaches, lahat ng reminders talaga nila on point kaya nagawa and naapply din namin inside the court,” team captain Valdez said.
The reigning open conference champion dominated in all forms of the match — attacks with 47-36, blocks overpowering with 10-2, and waxed out on service aces with eight.
After a close two sets, Creamline ruthlessly burst to an 18-10 gap off a 12-3 run capped by a Carlos hit off the block.
The Angels managed to get within seven, 14-21 but this, however, was not enough as Creamline’s Arisa Sato pulled off back-to-back hits to lead further away to 23-14.
Mean Mendrez committed an attack error that put the Cool Smashers at match point before Carlos sealed the win with a kill.
Jema Galanza contributed with 12 points, including 14 digs and nine receptions, while Jeanette Panaga and Alyssa Valdez added 10 and nine, respectively.
Jia Morado was also instrumental as she displayed 36 excellent sets along with 12 excellent receptions and four points.
Meanwhile, no Petro Gazz player scored in double-figures as Ria Meneses and Ces Molina finished only with 9 and 8 points, respectively.
Myla Pablo, who top scored their Game 1 with 26 markers, struggled with only three points.