Power Smashers survive Cool Smashers in five-set thriller

Mark Escarlote on May 21, 2017 10:06 PM
Power Smashers survive Cool Smashers in five-set thriller
Thai import Kannika Tipachot uncorked 17 points to help the Power Smashers melt Creamline in five sets.

Thai imports Kannika Tipachot and Hyapa Amporn powered the Power Smashers to a huge 17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 18-25, 15-10, win over Creamline that halted their two-game skid Sunday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The duo dropped 17 points each to improve the Power Smashers’ win-loss record to 4-4 and boosted their chances for an outright semifinals berth.

Tipachot had an all-around game as she smashed 15 attacks and added 20 digs on the defensive end while Amporn collected 10 attacks, five aces and a pair of kill blocks for the Power Smashers, who swept Creamline in their preliminary round head-to-head.      

Jovelyn Prado added 10 markers while Dimdim Pacres nailed eight points for the Power Smashers, who dropped a straight sets match against Perlas Saturday. 

“Nagtulung-tulong sila pero mas kailangan maging solid pa sila,” said Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar.

Despite the sweltering condition inside the venue because of a broken air-conditioning system, the two squads battled in a tight match. But it was the Power Smashers that had the extra energy in the deciding frame.

The Power Smashers built a 10-4 cushion only to see it melt away with Alyssa Valdez scoring three of the Cool Smashers’ four-point swing to close the gap at 10-8. Prado answered with back-to-back hits to put the Power Smashers’ lead back to four.  

Creamline saved a match point to cut their deficit to 14-10 but Valdez’s attack in the next play smacked straight to the net that denied the Cool Smashers yet again a chance to string up their first consecutive wins.

Valdez closed her night with 17 points while Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin and American reinforcement Laura Schaudt each had 16 markers for Creamline, which fell out of contention for an outright semis ticket.

The Cool Smashers slid to a 3-5 card and fell in the dangerous round robin quarterfinals where the last two semis seats are at stake.



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