ANTIPOLO, Philippines – The Creamline Cool Smashers wrapped up a perfect 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference campaign after a four-set Game 2 finals win over rival Petro Gazz Angels, 25-18, 15-25, 25-23, 25-16, on Friday, April 8.
With the win in front of a packed Ynares Center crowd in Antipolo City, the mighty league veterans completed their title redemption tour following a shock loss to Chery Tiggo in last year’s bubble conference.
Multi-time Best Setter Jia de Guzman kept up her stellar play with 35 excellent sets, while former MVP Jema Galanza added 17 points.
Following a close third set win to nab the pivotal 2-1 frame lead, the Cool Smashers shot out to a huge 11-1 run capped by a Ced Domingo quick hit that turned a 5-9 deficit to a 16-10 gap.
Petro Gazz only managed to get within four, 14-18, before Creamline sealed the deal with a 7-2 finishing kick highlighted by a Valdez ace and one final Domingo quick hitter.
Nicole Tiamzon paced the banged-up Angels with 14 points while MJ Phillips and Myla Pablo churned out 13 markers apiece.
Best Outside Spiker Grethcel Soltones tried her best to impact her team despite a bum right knee, but ended up scoreless in a limited appearance.
Creamline, now winners of three of the last four Open Conference titles, now shifts its focus to the Reinforced Conference set to start sometime later this year. – Rappler.com