Cool Smashers seek repeat over Spikers
Mark Escarlote on May 26, 2017 09:50 PM
Creamline collide with Perlas at the start of the quarterfinals.
After a shaky campaign in the preliminary round, Creamline hopes to make a solid run in the round robin quarterfinals of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference to clinch a semifinals berth.
The Cool Smashers clash with the Perlas Spikers at 6:00 p.m. at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Saturday, looking to make a repeat of their last victory.
The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
All teams in the quarterfinals will have their prelims record reset to 0-0, making the race for the last two semifinals seats an open battle among the Pocari Sweat, Philippine Air Force, Creamline and Perlas.
The Cool Smashers only managed to win four games in 10 matches in the prelims. Creamline is yet to string consecutive victories.
Behind crowd-darling Alyssa Valdez and reinforcements Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand and American Laura Schaudt, the Cool Smashers froze the Spikers, 25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-14, Thursday.
“We need momentum. From the previous matches, sabi ko sa kanila, we're going to five sets so hindi tayo kulang sa skills. We just need more experience and chemistry,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro. “What we care about is the momentum and our improvement towards the more important games and, hopefully, the finals.”
“We just have to be prepared sa kung sinuman ang makakalaban namin,” he added. “And we need to keep having good vibes. We always talk about it, 'yung keeping a positive attitude on the court and during games.”
Perlas closed the prelims with three straight losses for an even 5-5 card.
Brazilian Rupia Inck, Amy Ahomiro, Dzi Gervacio, setter Naoko Hashimoto and the University trio of Kathy Bersola, Diana Carlos and Nicole Tiamzon need to step up for the Spikers to snap out of their slump.
Meanwhile, Sta. Elena (2-1) and Philippine Army (2-2) collide at 1:00 p.m. in the men’s division for the third semifinals seat.
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