PVL: Cool Smashers overpower Lady Eagles to take Game 1

Mark Escarlote on Dec 05, 2018 07:58 PM
PVL: Cool Smashers overpower Lady Eagles to take Game 1
Creamline made quick work of Ateneo-Motolite to move a win closer to its second straight PVL crown.

Creamline flexed its muscles and displayed its championship form to overwhelm Ateneo-Motolite in a one-sided affair, 25-17, 25-10, 25-15, Wednesday in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference Finals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Cool Smashers’ experience and veteran smarts were just too much for the Lady Eagles to handle as Creamline dominated the best-of-three series opener. Creamline can add the title to their Reinforced Conference crown with another win on Saturday at the Batangas City Coliseum.

Alyssa Valdez and Jema Galanza waxed-hot on offense while Pau Soriano and Michele Gumabao took care of Creamline’s solid net defense to contain the Lady Eagles’ hitters.

"We’re just really lucky na lahat ng pinuntos namin hindi naman as solid as ng ipinupuntos namin noong previous game. I think we came in na alam namin na Ateneo's very tall, very good at blocking, good services talaga and kung di kami makakapalo kailangan naming pumuntos sa ibang bagay which is I think it’s a total team effort ang win na ito," said Valdez, who had 14 points with half of it coming off aces.

Valdez's service game was on point as she landed seven including four in the second set where Creamline made blistering run to silence for a 24-9 lead that silenced the Ateneo-Motolite crowd.  

Gumabao had 12 markers, all from attacks, Galanza got nine while Risa Sato finished all of her eight points from attacks for the Cool Smashers, who pounded 41 kills and nailed 11 aces. Veteran setter Jia Morado used her familiarity with her former college teammates' defensive sets at the net to Creamline's advantage as she tallied 23 excellent sets while scoring six.     

With Morado orchestrating the the Cool Smashers' offense well, the Ateneo-Motolite's vaunted net defense, which helped the Lady Eagles hurdle BanKo in three games in the semis, was neutralized. Maddie Madayag scored the lone kill block of Ateneo-Motolite.

Bea De Leon finished with seven points while Madayag and Kat Tolentino were limited to only six points each for the Lady Eagles.



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