PVL: Cool Smashers sweep way to breakthrough crown
Mark Escarlote on Jul 11, 2018 05:42 PM
HAIL TO THE QUEENS: Creamline captured its breakthrough title after a clean sweep of PayMaya.
Crowd-favorite Creamline quenched its thirst for the crown after completing a best-of-three Finals sweep over PayMaya, 25-19, 25-20, 25-11, to rule the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
After a couple of third place finishes in the inaugural season, the Cool Smashers finally captured the elusive title with a dominating series victory over the High Flyers.
Creamline's win also handed BanKo the bronze medal after the Perlas Spikers defeated the dethroned Pocari Sweat-Air Force in Game 2 of their battle for third series in four sets. BanKo evened the series 1-1 but took the podium finish by virtiue of higher qoutient.
Alyssa Valdez, who won her first title after three years and since winning the defunct V-League Reinforced Conference back in 2015, led the Cool Smashers with 19 points built on 15 kills, three aces and a kill block. Michele Gumabao and Thai import Kuttika Kaepwin added 12 markers each while American Laura Schaudt had nine.
Prized playmaker and Best Setter winner Jia Morado was named Finals Most Valuable Player after tallying 29 excellent sets for the Cool Smashers. Morado averaged 8.7 excellent sets per frame in the Finals.
Creamline played with the same intensity and power it showed when the Cool Smashers took the opening game in four sets, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, ast Sunday and never gave PayMaya a chance to mount any significant resistance.
The High Flyers already waved the white flag in the third set after getting buried by as much as 23-9. Gumabao pushed Creamline at match point, 24-10, before PayMaya saved a point in the next play.
Jerrili Malabanan then surrendered the match after sending her service long as the Cool Smashers celebrate their conquest.
American Tess Rountree was the only High Flyer in double figures with 12 points while Grethcel Soltones was limited to only six.
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