PVL: Cool Smashers grab eighth straight win
Mark Escarlote on Jun 26, 2019 04:51 PM
Defending champion Creamline moved up to a share of the lead with its eighth straight win.
Repeat-seeking Creamline shook off a cold start as the Cool Smashers turned back PacificTown Army, 16-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-16, on Wednesday to keep their winning streak alive in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Behind Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand, Alyssa Valdez and Venezuelan Ale Blanco, Creamline stretched its winning romp further with its eight straight victory in nine outings to join PetroGazz at the top spot with 8-1 win-loss record.
Kaewpin fired 16 attacks and had three kill blocks for 19 points and added 16 digs for teh Cool Smashers, who will close their elims campaign on Saturday against also-ran BaliPure. Blanco added 16 points off 10 attacks, four kill blocks and two aces while Valdez got 11 markers for Creamline, which had 47 attack points behind setter Jia Morado's 287 excellent sets.
“For our team it was really a bad first set, for Army it was a perfect set for them from the service line, from their attacks to their floor defense and their blocking talaga,” said Valdez. “Our errors were too many to count, lampas ata sa daliri during the first set. So going to the second set, coach Tai (Bundit) was asking us to compose ourselves and stay focus.”
The Cool Smashers regrouped after a sluggish opening frame outing that saw Creamline fall into a 14-24 hole following an ace by Lady Troopers setter Alina Bicar.
Creamline got its rhythm going in the second set but had to weather PacificTown Army’s late third set uprising. The Cool Smashers saw its 23-20 lead in the third frame cut to just one with Ukrainian import Lena Lymareva-Flink scoring off an attack and an ace.
Lymareva-Flink committed an attack error before Kaewpin scored on a kill block to wrap the frame.
It was all Creamline in the fourth as the Cool Smashers sent the Lady Troopers to their second straight defeat for a 4-5 slate.
Lymareva-Flink posted 22 points built on 19 spikes and three aces while Jovelyn Gonzaga and American Jenelle Jordan finished with 10 and six markers, respectively, for PacificTown Army.
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