MANILA - Alyssa Valdez immediately knew that she had played a rather extraordinary game on Sunday, after the Creamline Cool Smashers dominated Chef's Classics in three sets in the PVL Open Conference.
Valdez scored 16 points, but 7 of those were from service aces. She attempted only 12 spikes, converting 8 of them, as Creamline cruised to a 25-12, 25-5, 25-15 triumph in just 66 minutes.
"Hindi ata ako pumalo," Valdez said after the game. "Mga 10 attempts siguro ako. Third set lang ako nag-frontline."
Instead, Valdez did most of her damage at the service line -- particularly in the second set, when she served 18 consecutive times to lead the Cool Smashers to a 19-1 lead. She would wind up serving 35 times -- two more than Chef's Classics did as a team.
"Unusual, definitely unusual," Valdez said of her game, noting that this might be her fewest spike attempts ever in a match.
Yet Valdez had no worries even if she barely got to spike, as Jema Galanza and Michele Gumabao proved more than capable of picking up the slack.
"(I'm) really happy that everyone's spiking. Mapa si Jema, si Michele, the middle spikers, Celine Domingo, Pau (Soriano), (Risa) Sato, lahat talaga," said Valdez.
"So parang ako, okay, relax lang. But seeing them from the back talaga, from the back row, nakakatuwa lang. Nakakatuwa na masaya lang lahat na nakakapuntos," she added.
Galanza finished with 11 points on 10 kills, while Gumabao had 10 points, half of which were from kill blocks. Their middle blockers -- Domingo, Sato, and Soriano -- combined for 13 points as Creamline poured in 32 kills against Chef's Classics.
"I'm really confident kasi na kahit nasa likod ako, I think 'yun 'yung isa, I'm confident na kahit nasa likod ako, may tumutulong, sila Jema, na nasa front to always kill the ball," said Valdez.
"So kahit lakasan ko 'yung bola or mag-error ako, laging may bawi. So just do what you have to do kasi everyone naman will do their part," she added.
The comfortable triumph over Chef's Classics gave Creamline a 3-0 record to start the conference.
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