Creamline’s Game One win due to smarter, cleaner game over Petro Gazz

Drawing first blood in their title series, the Creamline Cool Smashers showed how serious they are to clinch their third consecutive in the league as they displayed a game well thought out.

The Cool Smashers drew first blood as they dismantled title rivals Petro Gazz Angels in four sets, 24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-22, last Wednesday in Game One of the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.

After an opening set hiccup, the defending champions regained poise as they captured the next three sets with their balanced scoring effort and mindful play.

Creamline’s power trinity—team captain Alyssa Valdez, and foreign reinforcements Aleoscar Blanco and Kuttika Kaewpin—paved the way anew for the team with 16, 18, and 21 points respectively for a combined 55-point effort.

Game One saw a wise Creamline squad who played with an apparent strategy on how to stop their powerful opponents.

The defending champions successfully gave a hard time to Petro Gazz’s scoring duo of Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson who were mostly targeted by the Cool Smashers’ offense, forcing them to put in the effort twice as hard.

While Johnson and Salas still finished with 20 and 18 points, both of them struggled to get their game going due to Creamline’s heavy service game. The Cool Smashers either made Petro Gazz commit errors or forced them to make receives away from the setter, leaving their opponents with fewer options.

Valdez mentioned this in a post-game interview last Wednesday, saying that her team knows how deadly the Angels can be when they get their offense going.

“In the past few games of Petro Gazz, nakita namin na distributed well talaga ‘yung mga bola, so we aim to minimize ‘yung mga ibang nakaka-score talaga,” Valdez said.

 

“We tried to minimize and we really wanted to force them to make errors kasi mahirap talaga silang depensahan, so the only thing na makakakuha kami ng puntos is if they make errors,” the team captain added.

What also contributed to Creamline’s cause was their relatively cleaner game against their opponents, with the Cool Smashers only committing 16 errors compared to the Angels’ 31.

With their errors minimized, the scoring efforts of Valdez, Kaewpin, and Blanco didn’t get wasted as much, in contrast to Petro Gazz’s 31 errors which threw off the 38-point effort of their reinforcements.

It is imperative for the Cool Smashers to continue playing smarter and cleaner, but most importantly to prepare for the Angels as they are sure to seek vengeance in tomorrow’s game.

What is important for Creamline, according to Valdez, is to play happy—a mantra that has won them many games in the league.

“Mini-mindset lang talaga sa amin ni Coach Tai all the time to play happy and walang pressure, kasi if we pressure ourselves to be perfect, then mahihirapan kami,” she ended.

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