PVL: Cool Smashers keep perfect slate, boot out Lady Troopers
Mark Escarlote on Oct 16, 2019 06:28 PM
Unbeaten Creamline captured its 14th straight win and in the process eliminated PacificTown Army in the semis race.
Top hitter Alyssa Valdez sat out for the second straight game but the result remained the same for defending champion Creamline: another win.
The Cool Smashers barely felt the absence of the three-time Most Valuable Player as Creamline kept its unbeaten run going by showing PacificTown Army the exit door in the semifinals race, 25-15, 25-18, 25-22, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Valdez was in uniform and game shoes after days of having her right foot strapped on a walking boot but sat out the match as the trio or Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and Rosemarie Vargas took care of the offense in Creamline’s 14th straight win romp.
Sato scored nine attacks and three kill blocks for 12 points, Galanza had 11 markers while Vargas got 10 points and 15 excellent receptions for the Cool Smashers, who only have BanKo and Motolite standing in their way to complete an elimination sweep.
Creamline controlled the first two sets before dipping early in the third with the Lady Troopers slowing the pace down. But the Cool Smashers were quick to adjust and played at their quick pace to repeat over PacificTown Army.
“Wag kaming sisimangot, wag kaming tatahimik, wag kaming sasabay sa bagal (ng laro) nila kung gaano kami kabilis dapat me-maintain lang namin kasi ganun kami maglaro and play happy lang kasi kanina tahimik kami and nakasimangot,” said Galanza, who smashed nine kills.
Creamline’s win eliminated the Lady Troopers in the Final Four race as Army absorbed its fourth straight defeat for a 6-8 win-loss record.
Honey Royse Tubino was the lone bright spot for the Lady Troopers with 13 points. Ging Balse-Pabayo and Jovelyn Gonzaga had seven points each for Army.
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