The Creamline Cool Smashers proved yet again in the 2021 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference why they were a cut above the rest after a three-set annihilation of the BaliPure Water Defenders, 25-12, 25-3, 25-15, on Wednesday, July 28.
As confirmed by league stats head Christopher Anore, Creamline’s three-point shutdown of BaliPure was the lowest in league history, eclipsing the 2015 Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference record set by the Arellano Lady Chiefs over the University of Batangas, 25-4.
That record was just the cherry on top of the Cool Smashers’ incredible rise to 25 straight wins and 5-0 for the current conference. Meanwhile, the vaporized Water Defenders go back to the drawing board after dropping to a 2-2 slate in devastating fashion.
Michele Gumabao flexed her powerful spiking ability to the tune of 14 points from 12 attacks, a block, and an ace for Player of the Game honors.
Alyssa Valdez also made a strong case to be the game’s best player as she topscored with 16 markers (10 attacks, 4 aces, and 2 blocks) and 9 excellent digs in 10 attempts.
As if things couldn’t get worse for BaliPure after a 12-25 walloping in the opener, things then spiraled out of control as multiple Creamline stars took turns decimating the defenseless Defenders with a 14-0 run, 24-2, before giving up one last block point.
After losing the second set attack point battle, 0-17, BaliPure simply couldn’t muster any more fighting spirit as they went down by as many as 13 points, 20-7, before the game mercifully ended in Creamline’s favor.
Even assistant coach Sherwin Meneses could not believe what his team just did to get the win.
“Hindi namin in-expect kasi galing sa two-game [winning streak] ‘yung BaliPure tapos talagang malakas din sila dumepensa. Nag-prepare lang ‘yung team para makuha ‘yung game ngayon,” Meneses said.
(We didn’t expect this since BaliPure was riding a two-game winning streak, and they’re strong on defense. The team just prepared well for this game.)
Inaugural PVL pro Player of the Week Graze Bombita was limited to just 7 points this time on 6-of-21 attacks, while her running mate Bern Flora mustered just 4 markers.
Creamline looks to finish the week off strong with a blockbuster game against the Chery Tiggo Crossovers led by sisters Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago at 7 pm on Friday, July 30.
BaliPure will also see action that day at 1 pm and try to get back to its upset-minded ways as it faces another undefeated powerhouse, the Choco Mucho Flying Titans. – Rappler.com