PVL: Valdez fights through ankle pain, leads Cool Smashers back in win column
Mark Escarlote on Nov 07, 2018 08:59 PM
Alyssa Valdez rallied Creamline to a straight sets win over Tacloban despite nursing a minor ankle injury.
Alyssa Valdez played through pain in her right ankle to power Creamline past Tacloban, 25-16, 25-16, 26-24, and return in the win column Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Cool Smashers star limped out of the court in the second set before heroically returning in the third to carry her team from a 19-23 deficit to a resounding sweep as Creamline improved to a 7-2 win-loss record, tied with BanKo at second spot behind Ateneo-Motolite (9-2).
Valdez finished with game-high 17 points off 10 attacks, five aces and a couple of kill blocks laced with 11 digs for the Cool Smashers, who recovered from a five-set loss to the Lady Eagles two weeks ago.
Valdez said that she felt pain in her foot as early as the opening set after a bad landing. She played through pain until midway in the second set before subbing out.
With her team down, 10-15, in the third Valdez returned to action and immediately scored an attack to rally her team to an amazing fightback.
Pau Soriano sparked Creamline’s run in the closing stretch of the third set, scoring on quick attack before Valdez pounded back-to-back hits to cut their deficit to 22-23. Jovielyn Prado answered with a kill to put the Fighting Warays at match point before Alina Bicar sent her service short that tied the frame at 24.
Valdez again smashed consecutive attacks before Jia Morado wrapped up the win with an ace to end the one-hour, 22-minute match.
Tacloban fell to its third straight loss to slide back with a 4-7 card.
Dimdim Pacres finished with nine points while Prado, Bicar and Heather Guino-o scored six each for the Fighting Warays.
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