Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

In the fourth set, an all-Filipino team fired up Creamline. —PVL PHOTO

Just days after a five-set meltdown against a feared opponent, Creamline found herself staring at an opponent coming out of a two-set hole, ready to force a decision.

But as Jia De Guzman sets clear goals for their spikers and Tots Carlos comes alive late in the fourth set, the Cool Smashers are undefeated but stubborn United Auctioneers Inc.-Army, 25-12, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 2022 Premier Volleyball League ( PVL) Empowered Conference at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.

Seven points down in the fourth set – and a two-set cushion slowly disappearing completely – Creamline turned to an all-Filipino squad led by Carlos to consolidate the victory and bounce back from a pallid defeat to F2 Logistics last Tuesday.

“In the fourth set it was an all-Filipino squad. [and] The coach didn’t need to tell us anything because we’ve been together for almost how many years. “I’ve been working with this team for almost two years,” said Carlos, who subdued Yeliz Basa for fourth while the army blocked Turkish imports. “So we just had to practice what our coach taught us. He reminded us when we forgot some things like positioning in attacks.”

Two-time PVL MVP Carlos joined hands with Jema Galanza as Creamline pulled to take a 19-14 lead. De Guzman is icy running with an ace. The army rallied after that point, and the two teams switched leadership before Galanza finished the two-hour game and gave Creamline their sixth win in seven starts.

De Guzman made 23 excellent sets and scored four points with three aces and evenly distributed the offensive wealth, with Basa and Celine Domingo leading with 18 and 16 points respectively. Galanza also benefited from De Guzman’s clever playmaking, finishing with 14 points on 23 perfect receptions and 11 wins. INQ

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