PVL: Cool Smashers firm up top seed bid
Mark Escarlote on Nov 21, 2018 08:05 PM
Creamline got its payback over PetroGazz while boosting its bid to clinch the top seed in the Final Four.
BATANGAS CITY --- Creamline waited for a long time to exact revenge over first round tormentor PetroGazz.
Given the chance Wednesday, the Cool Smashers flexed their muscles to subdue the limping Angels, 25-11, 25-13, 25-23, to boost their bid for the Final Four top seed in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Batangas City Coliseum here.
Alyssa Valdez and Risa Sato teamed up to punish PetroGazz’s defense with 11 points each while Michele Gumabao got 10 markers for Creamline, which improved to 10-3 win-loss record tied with idle BanKo.
Valdez posted eight attacks, two aces and a kill block while adding 10 digs and nine excellent receptions for the Cool Smashers, who in the first round suffered a five-set defeat at the hands of the Angels in their debut in Imus, Cavite.
Creamline can clinch the no. 1 seed with a straight or four-set victory over winless Adamson-Akari on Saturday even if BanKo hurdles Tacloban at the end of the elims.
“I think we want that extra push going sa Final Four,” said Valdez.
Creamline easily brushed off the Angels in the first two sets before crawling from four sets down, 10-14, midway in the third. The Cool Smashers broke a 22-22 deadlock with a Gumabao crosscourt kill and moved at match point off a rotation error by the Angels.
Cherry Nunag saved a match point for PetroGazz off a quick attack but also committed the costly service error that ended the 79-minute duel.
Already locked at no. 4 spot in the best-of-three semifinals against the top seed, the Angels, who missed the services of Paneng Mercado (illness), ended the elims with an 8-6 card.
Nunag was the lone PetroGazz player in double figures with 10 points while Jonah Sabete had six.
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