Creamline aims to extend unbeaten run in PVL Open Conference

Published July 29, 2021, 3:15 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Photo from PVL Media Bureau

Creamline and Choco Mucho try to protect their pristine records when they battle separate rivals Friday, July 30, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the PVC Socio-Civic & Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.

The Cool Smashers gun for their sixth win in a row when they clash with the Chery Tiggo Crossovers at 7 p.m., while the Flying Titans seek their fifth straight triumph in their 1 p.m. tussle with the BaliPure Water Defenders.

Creamline steamrolled BaliPure, 25-12, 25-3, 25-15, Wednesday to retake the solo lead at 5-0 while Choco Mucho posted win No. 4 by dumping Cignal HD, 26-24, 25-12, 25-17, Tuesday.

Against Creamline, Chery Tiggo aims to bounce back from a 20-25, 12-25, 26-24, 25-21, 10-15 loss to the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors Wednesday that sent them slipping to fourth spot with a 3-2 mark.

Creamline skipper Alyssa Valdez said she’s looking forward to former teammate Jaja Santiago.

“It’s been a while since we played,” said Valdez of Santiago, a former teammate in both the national team and PLDT Home several years back.

“It’s just nice to see the growth of Jaja as a player and as a leader on the court and I’m looking forward in our game, it’s very exciting.”

Choco Mucho is expected to pounce on the low morale of BaliPure following the Water Defenders’ lopsided defeat at the hands of Creamline on Wednesday, 25-12, 25-3, 25-15, that set a record in futility with the league’s worst score in a set.

Choco Mucho coach Oliver Almadro said his team needed to play consistently.

“Slowly, they’re enjoying it, nagkakaroon nang cohesiveness,” said Almadro. “But we have to do it right all the time kailangan maging consistent kasi habang tumatagal ang labanan lalong humihirap.

“So I keep telling them to keep the positivity and trust each other,” he added.

Completing the busy schedule is the duel pitting No. 3 Petro Gazz (3-1) against Perlas (0-2) at 4 p.m.