Cool Smashers hunt for first back-to-back wins

Mark Escarlote on May 15, 2017 07:24 PM
Cool Smashers hunt for first back-to-back wins
Alyssa Valdez hopes to lead Creamline to its first consecutive wins in the tournament.

Crowd-favorite Creamline shoots for its second straight win in a showdown against the BaliPure Purest Water Defenders Tuesday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air via livestream. The match will air on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 on a delayed basis at 6:00 p.m.    

The Cool Smashers are coming off a tough 25-21, 28-26, 23-25, 12-25, 15-12, win against Philippine Air Force last Saturday behind the heroics of Alyssa Valdez, who played through a minor right foot injury she sustained late in the fourth set.

The win snapped Creamline’s two-game slump. The Cool Smashers parade a 2-3 win-loss record.    

Creamline assistant coach Sherwin Meneses is hoping that the locals can help Valdez while still waiting for the green light for reinforcements American Laura Schaudt and Thai Kuttika Kaewpin to see action.

“Eh talagang mahirap kapag walang katulong si Alyssa mabuti nag-step up ‘yung iba kahit konti,” said Meneses after their match. “First game pa lang talagang kailangan na namin ang imports kasi medyo late nabuo ang team kaya kailangan talaga (ng imports).”

NCAA star Francesca Racraquin and veterans Pau Soriano and Ivy Remulla need to step up to help Valdez especially against a team raring to bounce back from its first loss in the tournament.

The Water Defenders started out hot with three straight victories before hitting a brick wall at the hands of Perlas, 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 16-25, 12-15, last Saturday.

Grethcel Soltones, Aiko Urdas and Risa Sato will carry the fight for BaliPure to get back on the winning track.

Meanwhile, unbeaten teams Philippine Army (2-0) and Cignal (2-0) collide in the men’s division at 1:00 p.m.



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