Kingwhale-Taiwan squeezed its way past Creamline in 5 sets to book the remaining finals berth in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Invitational Conference at Filoil EcoOil Arena in San Juan on Friday.
Kingwhale fought off Creamline’s comeback, 25-15, 17-25, 25-22, 24-26, 15-5, to hand the Cool Smashers' only defeat in the semis.
Despite the loss, the Cool Smashers, who have already qualified for the finals, will represent the Philippines in the Asian Women's Volleyball Championship this month.
It was Kingwhale's third straight victory after dominating the Army and fighting off PLDT.
The win eliminated both PLDT (2-2) and Cignal (1-2) from reaching the finals.
The two squads will face off in a one-game PVL Invitational title joust this coming Sunday.
But before its rematch with Creamline, Kingwhlae will still have to take on the HD Spikers in a non-bearing game on Saturday.
Creamline suffered a double whammy as Alyssa Valdez sustained a hurt ankle after accidentally stepping on De Carvalho’s foot during a landing.
Chen Li-Jun led the Taiwanese with 17 points.