Creamline bounces back with straight sets win over Cignal

Published August 2, 2021, 8:07 PM

by Carlo Anolin

The Creamline Cool Smashers handily returned to win column after sweeping the Cignal HD Spikers, 25-22, 27-25, 25-18, in the 2021 PVL Open Conference at the PCV Socio-Civic & Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte Monday, Aug. 2.

Alyssa Valdez led Creamline with 14 points, 11 coming from kills, while Michele Gumabao fired 10 kills of her 11 points. 

Jema Galanza also chipped in 10 points for the Cool Smashers.

Creamline’s Alyssa Valdez spikes the ball against Janine Marciano during the 2021 PVL Open Conference at the PCV Socio-Civic & Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte Monday, Aug. 2. (PVL Media Bureau)

Tied at 19-all in the third set, Creamline delivered the finishing blow by unloading a 6-0 run with three points coming from Valdez and capped by a Pau Soriano quick off a Jia Morado feed.

Morado’s off-speed hit set the momentum for Tots Carlos’ back row attack and Risa Sato’s service ace for Creamline’s late run.

“‘Yong Cignal talagang lumalaban din ‘yan, depende lang talaga kung anong ilalaro ng kalaban nila,” said Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses. “Hindi naman kami nagpahinga, talagang lumaban lang ‘yong Cignal, maganda yung ginalaw nila. Buti na lang nakabawi kami nung third set so lesson din sa amin ‘yon.”

Klarisa Abriam paced Cignal with 13 points with nine kills while Norielle Ipac added 10 markers.

Creamline bounced back from its previous loss against the Chery Tiggo crossovers and improved to a 6-1 record while Cignal fell at 1-6 slate.

The Cool Smashers are set to duel with No. 1 and undefeated squad Choco Mucho Flying Titans on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

 
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