MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) Creamline got contributions from virtually every player in a swift 25-16, 25-12, 25-13 victory over the PLDT Home Fibr Hitters on Sunday at the PCV Socio-Civic Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.
The Cool Smashers were missing starting middle blocker Jeanette Panaga who sprained her ankle in their previous game against Black Mamba-Army.
But Creamline did not miss a step, with Celine Domingo stepping into the starting lineup and immediately showcasing her worth in their comfortable victory that took 69 minutes to complete.
The Cool Smashers improved to 4-0 in the 2021 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference. This is also their 24th consecutive win, dating back to the 2019 edition of the event that they swept en route to the title.
"Ever since, ready naman talaga ako kung tatawagin ako," said Domingo, who briefly played in Creamline's previous game after Panaga suffered her injury. "Ready po ako mag-contribute, so kanina ang mindset ko, same pa rin. Do my role, and everything will follow."
Domingo had six points, while Alyssa Valdez fired 16 points, all on kills. Michele Gumabao scored nine markers, including four blocks, and Jema Galanza had eight points in her return to the starting six.
After a back-and-forth start that saw the Fibr Hitters stay in step with Creamline, the Cool Smashers pulled away midway through the opening set.
With Jema Galanza serving well, the Cool Smashers pounced on easy balls by the PLDT players to get their offense going. Creamline wound up with 15 attack points in the opening frame.
The defending champions raced to a quick 8-4 start in Set 2, and built a double-digit lead off a one-two play by Morado and a quick hit by Sato that made it 15-5. The blowout nature of the set allowed Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses to field in his second stringers, and reserve middle blocker Pau Soriano helped put the finishing touches on the win.
"Medyo lumayo 'yung score, so 'yung second stringer kailangan din talagang bigyan ng break," said Meneses. "Maganda naman ang pinakita ng mga second stringers."
The third set was another comfortable affair for Creamline, as they ran out to an 11-4 lead and cruised to victory.
No player reached double-digits for PLDT, with Isa Molde scoring seven points and Shola Alvarez scoring five off the bench. The Fibr Hitters gave up 43 attack points to Creamline, while scoring only 25 of their own.
The Cool Smashers, after committing a whopping 39 errors in their previous game against Army, cleaned up their act and only gave away 15 free points this time around.
PLDT remains winless in the conference at 0-4.