(2nd UPDATE) Creamline pocketed a straight-sets win against Petro Gazz in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig on Thursday.
The grand slam-seeking Cool Smashers won 25-21, 25-20, 25-23 against the Angels.
Guest player Yelo Basa had 17 points on 16 attacks for Creamline while Jema Galanza backed her up with 14 points on 12 attacks and two aces to go with 8 digs.
Alyssa Valdez tallied 11 markers even as Ced Domingo had 10 points. Jia De Guzman also had an impressive outing with 19 excellent sets to go with 4 points on 1 attack and 3 service aces.
“Malaking bagay sa amin ito (win), lalo na three sets kasi siempre, 'yung mga points napakahalaga kung mag-tie before the finals. So just like sa elims, maraming nagkatalo sa points. So it’s an advantage for us to score 3 points here,” said Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses.
“Hopefully, next game, maglaro pa kami ng maganda at ma-improve ung team kasi malayo pa, dalawang games pa.”
Lindsey Vander Weide led Petro Gazz with 16 points, while MJ Phillips added 11.
But coach Rald Ricafort only drew three points each from Myla Pablo and Remy Palma as the Angels finished with just 37 attack points.
Petro Gazz started out strong and seized a 10-7 lead but the Cool Smashers struck back to grab the lead at 16-15 before racking up five straight points to pull away by six.
The Angels, however, countered with its own five-point binge to threaten within one but Creamline held sway behind Alyssa Valdez's power hits to pound out the four-point win in the first set.
The Cool Smashers kept their momentum and controlled the second early, 7-1, and fended off the Angels' series of rallies while bucking their wobbly stints from the service line to go two sets up.
Petro Gazz then battled Creamline in a back-and-forth duel in the third before wresting a 17-13 led on a power tip by Vander Weide and aided by a Domingo attack error. But after Carlos and Vander Weide traded hits, the Angels failed to launch their attacks and settled for drop shots which the Cool Smashers turned into points before the latter got the better of the former in the clutch.
The Cool Smashers, now 1-0 in the semis, will need to win two more games to advance to the final round of the tourney. Creamline will play Cignal this coming Sunday.