Cool Smashers freeze Jet Spikers for first win

Mark Escarlote on May 04, 2017 06:27 PM
Cool Smashers freeze Jet Spikers for first win
Creamline bounced back from an opening day setback with a straight sets win over Philippine Air Force.

Creamline recovered from a shaky start with gritty plays in the closing stretch of each frames as the Cool Smashers barged in the win column at the expense of Philippine Air Force, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22, Thursday in the Premier Volleyball League at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Cool Smashers found themselves trailing early in all of the three sets but the trio of top hitter Alyssa Valdez, veteran Ivy Remulla and Francesca Racraquin helped Creamline rally each time to bag their first win in two matches after an opening day four-set loss to Perlas last Sunday.

Valdez uncorked 21 points coming off 18 attacks and three aces while chipping in 11 digs and four excellent receptions for an all-around outing. 

Remulla added 10 markers with four coming from the service line while Racraquin and Pau Soriano combined for eight points. Former Perpetual Help middle Coleen Bravo added six markers in just two sets of play for the Cool Smashers, who limited their errors to just 20 compared to an atrocious 46-error outing in their first game.

“Siguro mas maganda ‘yung service receive namin ngayon. Siyempre may halong, di maiiwasan, may swerte din kahit papaano,” said Creamline assistant coach Sherwin Meneses, who sat in for head coach Tai Bundit who is busy preparing the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles for Game 2 of the UAAP Finals against defending champion De La Salle.    

“Mas marami ang percent ng mas magandang service at receive kesa last game,” he added.

Down, 17-19, in the third set, the Cool Smashers unleashed a 6-1 counter attack in a run capped by veteran Ivy Remulla’s service ace for a 23-20 lead.

Valdez pushed the Cool Smashers at match point, 24-21, with a sharp backrow attack. The Jet Spikers saved a point from Joy Cases’ down the line hit before Air Force hitter Iari Yongco sent her attack long in the next play to surrender the match.     

Creamline trailed, 9-16, in the opening set before mounting a huge rally to take the lead 23-22 in a run capped by Remulla’s ace. Air Force tied the frame at 23 before committing two miscues that handed the Cool Smashers the set win.

The Jet Spikers again went ahead, 12-9, in the second only to see Creamline overtake them midway in the set.       

Jocemer Tapic was the only Air Force player in double figures with 11 while May Ann Pantino and Angel Antipuesto scored nine and eight points, respectively.

The Jet Spikers slid to 1-2 card.



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