PVL: Cool Smashers win fifth straight before long break
Mark Escarlote on Jun 06, 2018 06:26 PM
Creamline completes a sweep of Iriga-Navy for its fifth straight win despite losing setter Jia Morado to a shoulder injury in the second set.
Semifinals-bound Creamline showed grit and composure in the closing stretch of the last two sets to complete a sweep of skidding Iriga-Navy, 25-21, 26-24, 25-23, Wednesday to close the preliminary round of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Cool Smashers won their fifth straight for a 6-1 win-loss record heading as they head into a long layoff while waiting for their opponent in the best-of-three Final Four.
Creamline took the straight sets win despite losing starting setter Jia Morado to a right shoulder injury in the middle of the tight second frame.
Alyssa Valdez scored 19 points with 16 coming off kills while Jema Galanza and Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin finished with 14 and 12 markers, respectively, for the Cool Smashers.
“Iriga played well today. They had good blocking, good defense and good spike. Overall they played well and definitely we’re not gonna have an excuse na may pinapasok (na ibang players) but it’s part of our training and we have to get used to that,” said Valdez.
Creamline gave a gallant stand in the second set following the exit of Morado, who aggravated a lingering shoulder injury in the frame with the Cool Smashers trailing, 15-16. Morado had tallied 16 excellent sets before calling it a day.
The Lady Oragons came a point away from taking the second set, 24-21, but Creamline fought back with a telling 5-0 rally to steal the frame.
The Cool Smashers again got a scare late in the third with Iriga-Navy tying the frame at 23. Valdez broke the deadlock with a through the block hit before Risa Sato sealed the victory with a quick kill.
Americans Macy Ubben and Lauren Whyte paced the Lady Oragons with 17 and 15 points, respectively, but their effort failed to save Iriga-Navy from absorbing its sixth straight loss for a 1-6 slate.
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