PVL: Valdez, Pablo square off in Creamline-Pocari battle tomorrow


A storm is making its landfall tomorrow.

Tophitters Alyssa Valdez and Myla Pablo are billed for an all-out war anew when Creamline Cool Smashers and Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors lock horn tomorrow in the Premiere Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference 2018.

Both on a three-game winning streak, the two powerful outside spikers are expected to lead their respective squads in the much-anticipated clash, 6 p.m. at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

It is tipped to be iconic.

The last time the Cool Smashers and the Lady Warriors played against one another was in July during the best-of-three semifinals of the PVL Reinforced Conference.

Pocari, who joined force with Air Force following the departure of its core players, swept Creamline in Game One before the Valdez-led squad fought back and stole the Finals ticket from the then reigning champs, who lost Pablo to a back injury in Game Three.

Three months later, Creamline skipper Valdez and Pocari team captain Pablo will be heading their troops to a head-to-head battle as they shoot to improve their identical win-loss 3-1 card.

The Cool Smashers are fresh from a dominating straight set victory against Adamson Lady Falcons, 25-16, 25-9, 25-20, last Wednesday.

Valdez starred for the Tai Bundit-mentored game-high 22 tallies off 15 kills, three blocks and four aces on a 53.57 percent success rate in spikes laced with 10 digs.

The Lady Warriors, meanwhile, are coming off a 10-day rest as they swept the Lady Falcons, 25-23, 25-22, 25-16, in their last assignment.

Pablo led all scorers as she fired 11 kills and two blocks for a 13-point output for Pocari. She also added 13 digs.

But all eyes would be on Valdez and Pablo.

The former Ateneo stalwart Valdez currently tops the spiking charts with 40.80 percent success rate while Pablo’s 37.43 percent success sits at no. 3.

The Batangas native Valdez also has the edge in serving, averaging 0.64 aces per set compared to Pablo’s 0.33, and digging, 3.82 digs per set to 3.40.

Not to be outdone, Pablo is first in the scoring department, 19 hits per game, while Valdez is at no. 5, 15.5 hits per game.

The former National University standout also leads in receiving with her 46.58 efficiency in reception while Valdez didn’t crack the top 10 of the chart.
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