PVL: Cool Smashers extend streak to seven sans Morado
Mark Escarlote on Sep 04, 2019 07:51 PM
Defending champion Creamline closed in on completing a first round sweep.
There’s no stopping defending champion Creamline.
The Cool Smashers preserved their unbeaten slate despite the absence of prized setter Jia Morado after sweeping PacificTown Army, 25-23, 28-26, 26-24, on Wednesday to move closer to completing a first round sweep in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Kyle Negrito held the fort for Morado, who skipped the game after getting rushed to the hospital Tuesday night because of gastroenteritis, as Creamline won its seventh straight win in as many games. Morado was discharged from the hospital Wednesday morning and had to rest.
Alyssa Valdez led the Cool Smashers’ comeback in the tightly-contested third set and finished with 18 points including 16 attacks. Jema Galanza had 14 markers ad 14 excellent receptions, Michele Gumabao finished with eight points and 13 digs while Negrito tallied 18 excellent sets to help the Cool Smashers pound 42 attack points.
Creamline opened third frame with a 5-12 deficit and even went behind 19-22 before mounting a huge comeback behind Valdez and Galanza. The Cool Smashers scored four straight points capped by a Galanza ace to take a 23-22 lead.
Royse Tubino tied the frame at 23 before Valdez put Creamline at match point on an attack. Luth Malaluan forced a deuce, Valdez scored on another kill before Pau Soriano sealed the win with a quick attack.
“Army is a veteran team. Kahit anong gawin namin… smart din kasi silang kalaban eh. Mababasa at mababasa rin nila kami so I guess we had to play smart din on the latter part and kailangan din naming tiyagain eh,” said Valdez, whose squad can sweep the first round of elims on Saturday against BaliPure.
The Lady Troopers suffered their third straight defeat after winning their first two games.
Jovelyn Gonzaga was the only PacificTown Army in double figures with 10 points and 16 digs while Ging Balse-Pabayo and Tubino had nine and eight, respectively.
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