Cool Smashers grab share of lead, win third straight
Mark Escarlote on Jul 09, 2017 08:34 PM
Alyssa Valdez powered Creamline past Philippine Air Force.
Creamline grabbed a share of lead after the Cool Smashers prevailed over the Philippine Air Force Jet Spikers, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-12, Sunday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Superstar Alyssa Valdez again delivered her usual numbers to tow Creamline to a 3-0 win-loss record on top of the standings tied with idle Pocari Sweat.
Valdez scattered 23 points from 20 booming attacks and three service aces to lead Creamline while Rosemarie Vargas and Pau Soriano added 11 and 10 markers, respectively. Valdez also contributed on defense with 14 digs.
Top setter Jia Morado tallied 36 excellent sets four points for the Cool Smashers, who rained down 48 attack points.
"We have to win as many games as we can kasi we know Alyssa will be out to join the national team," said Creamline assitant coach Oliver Almadro of Valdez, who will fly to Japan together with the national team to train starting July 17 to August 2 as part of their preparation for the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Valdez will still get a chance to deliver another win for the Cool Smashers when they face Pocari Sweat on July 15. The reigning Reinforced Conference Most Valuable Player will miss Creamline's remaining elimination round games against the Power Smashers, University of the Philippines and BanKo-Perlas.
The Jet Spikers dropped to 1-1 card.
Iari Yongco scored 18 points, 17 off kills, while Jocemer Tapic pumped in nine for Air Force.
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