Valdez, Morado power Cool Smashers past Lady Falcons
Mark Escarlote on Jul 01, 2017 06:25 PM
Creamline opened its campaign in the PVL Open Conference on a high note after a four-set win over Adamson.
Creamline found Adamson University a tough customer but the Cool Smashers banked on their experience and the connection of Alyssa Valdez and setter Jia Morado in the clutch to silence the feisty Lady Falcons, 25-17, 18-25, 25-15, 25-22, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Valdez, the Reinforced Conference Most Valuable Player, delivered in the closing stretch after Adamson trimmed its deficit to 21-20 in the fourth frame. The national team standout pushed the Cool Smashers, who bagged the bronze medal in the import-laden tournament, at match point before the Lady Falcons surrendered the battle with an attack error.
"It’s really a good start for the team and sana maganda pa rin ang maipakita namin hangang sa dulo," said Valdez, who finished with 18 points coming off 16 attacks, a kill block and an ace.
Another new recruit veteran Rosemarie Vargas finished with 18 markers while Pau Soriano got 11 points for the Cool Smashers, who uncorked 49 attacks. Morado tallied 36 excellent sets for Creamline.
Morado easily connected with her new team after just a couple of weeks since signing up with the squad. Her performance especially with her set up plays with Valdez relived their glory days when the duo led Ateneo de Manila to back-to-back UAAP titles.
Jema Galanza, who played for Creamline in the import-laden conference, had 14 points while Eli Soyud and guest player Rizza Cruz scored nine each for Adamson. Louie Romero, this year's Palarong Pambansa Best Setter, dished out 34 excellent sets for the Lady Falcons.
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