Cream­line whips Ate­neo-Mo­to­lite, an­nexes PVL Open di­a­dem

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By KRISTINA VIL­LANUEVA

Cream­line ran into trou­ble early on but quickly set­tled down, re­gain­ing its dom­i­nant touch to clob­ber Ate­neoMo­to­lite, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15, and claim its sec­ond straight ti­tle in the Pre­mier Vol­ley­ball League Open Con­fer­ence at the Batan­gas City Coli­seum yes­ter­day.

The Cool Smash­ers over­came a six­point deficit in the first set but en­coun­tered lit­tle prob­lem from there, dis­play­ing their cham­pi­onship poise as they com­pleted a sweep of the match and the best-of-three se­ries.

Cream­line took the opener last Wed­nes­day also in straight sets, 25-17, 25-10, 25-15.

The Cool Smash­ers thus se­cured their place at the sum­mit anew af­ter win­ning the Re­in­forced Con­fer­ence crown last July.

Jia Mo­rado, named Best Set­ter be­fore the match, was Fi­nals Most Valu­able Player, her sec­ond af­ter also re­ceiv­ing the honor in Cream­line’s first ti­tle win.

The Cool Smash­ers fell to a lethar­gic start, trail­ing be­hind the Lady Ea­gles from the on­set of the opener, but fi­nally wiped out a 10-16 deficit as they strung up eight straight points on four sorry mis­cues by the Lady Ea­gles and 2nd Best Out­side Spiker Jema Galanza’s three hits to go in front.

Cream­line pre­served its lead be­hind Galanza, Risa Sato, Pau So­ri­ano, Con­fer­ence MVP and 1st Best Out­side Spiker Alyssa Valdez and Mo­rado to se­cure its come­from-be­hind set win.

The Cool Smash­ers then raced to a 16-9 lead be­hind Gum­abao, So­ri­ano and Sato in the sec­ond set but doused a a fight­back from the Lady Ea­gles, who inched within 15-16, as Gum­abao and Sato struck anew.

Cream­line then dom­i­nated the third set through­out, storm­ing to an 18-7 lead on the of­fen­sive strik­ings of Gum­abao, Mo­rado, Valdez and So­ri­ano and never let up.

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