MANILA, Philippines – The Creamline Cool Smashers rallied from a set down to defeat the Banko Perlas Spikers in 4 sets, 23-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-23, in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference on Sunday, June 2, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
"Gusto namin ibalik 'yung Creamline na nag-champion and I think 'yung advantage namin kaya nakuha namin 'yung back-to-back championships and 'yung serves and receives namin," said interim head coach Ed Ortega after the defending champions improved to a 2-1 record.
(We want to bring back the champion form of Creamline and I think our advantage in getting the back-to-back championships is in our serves and receives.)
Thai player Kuttika Kaewpin fired a game-high 27 points off 18 attacks and 9 of the team's 13 aces as her efforts from the service line shifted the winning momentum to Creamline in the 2nd set.
Alyssa Valdez also pumped in 19 points built on 15 attacks, 3 blocks and an ace.
After the Cool Smashers took the 3rd set, Kaewpin powered the squad towards the end of the 4th frame that prevented the Perlas Spikers from extending the game to a deciding set.
Banko fell to a 1-2 card.
Earlier, the Petrogazz Angels cruised to a 3-0 lead in the standings with a straight-set win over Motolite , 25-22, 25-18, 25-19.
Wilma Salas powered the Angels with 25 points off 24 attacks and 1 ace while making 9 excellent receptions.
Motolite suffered back-to-back defeats this weekend as the new team lost Edina Selimovic to a minor knee injury in the 4th set of the game against Banko Perlas last Saturday, June 1.
The Bosnian import was a key player in the team as she scored 15 points in the team's debut game.
According to the MRI scan, Selimovic only suffered a bruised kneecap that caused muscle spasms and will only need laser therapy.
UPDATE: Edina only suffered a bruised kneecap that caused muscle spasms She will undergo laser therapy only — Motolite Volleyball (@MotoliteVball) June 2, 2019
For Petrogazz head coach Arnold Laniog, he believes that there is no room for complacency despite being the lone undefeated team early in the tournament.
"Iyon nga challenge paano namin masusustain sa mga sumusunod na games. But given doon sa mga situation sa tournament na kung sino 'yung mga kalaban namin, parang nagfafavor sa amin," said Laniog.
"But paano pagdating ng second round tapos kumpleto na sila tapos 100% na imports nila? So sa part namin talagang bawal dapat maging complacent."
(The challenge for us is how to sustain our performances for the rest of our games. But given the situations of our opponents in the tournament, they favor us. But what will happen if the other teams are complete and their imports are 100% in the second round? So on our part, we can't be complacent.)
Motolite's Channon Thompson was the team's lone double-digit scorer with 22 points off 16 attacks, 3 blocks and 3 aces to with 8 excellent digs. – Rappler.com
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