Cool Smashers freeze streaking Lady Warriors
Mark Escarlote on May 20, 2017 08:29 PM
Creamline snapped Pocari Sweat's six-game winning streak in four sets.
Creamline rallied from a set down and doused cold water on the streaking Pocari Sweat, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-13, Saturday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Local top hitter Alyssa Valdez had plenty of help from imports American Laura Schaudt and Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand as the Cool Smashers halted the Lady Warriors' six-game romp to improve to 3-4 win-loss record.
Kaewpin finished with 20 points coming off 15 kills and five aces while Valdez and Schaudt scored 18 and 15 markers, respectively, for Creamline, which received 27 free points off Pocari Sweat's errors. The Thai guest player had 15 digs and eight excellent receptions on the defensive end.
"Tingin ko we know that Pocari Sweat is a really strong team with that kind of imports, sobrang malalaki," said Cool Smashers assistant coach Oliver Almadro, who took over the pilot duties as head coach Tai Bundit returned to Thailand for personal matters. "So siguro minaximize lang naming yung defensive hustle namin and then of course we live and die with our serve eh, yun lang talaga ang pinagtuunan pa ng pansin and of course and heart ng players in today’s game."
After a shaky start Creamline woke up from its slump in the second set to dictate the tempo of the match against Pocari Sweat, which played sans injured Myla Pablo (sore back). The Cool Smashers controlled the third frame and went on a rampage in the fourth with Schaudt and Kaewpin leading the way as Creamline opened an 11-4 gap that extinguished the fight off the Lady Warriors.
The win also served as a gift for Bundit, who returned to Thailand for his deceased in-laws' 100 days.
"Pupunta sila sa province then yung ash ata ilalagay sa sea. It's a very solemn ritual sa mga Thai and matagal ng nakaplano yun," said Almadro. "Regalo namin 'to kay coach Tai na gustong-gusto manalo."
Pocari Sweat slid back to 6-3 card.
Bosnian import Edina Selimovic and American Michelle Strizak each had 15 points while Jeanette Panaga finished with 14 for the Lady Warriors.
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