Creamline takes semis lead over Motolite as Valdez, Morado return

Creamline inched closer to its fourth straight Finals stint after dispatching Motolite in four sets fashion, 18-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-14, on Saturday in the best-of-three semifinals of the 2019 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.

The Cool Smashers bucked off a rusty start before taking over in the next three to reassert their mastery over Motolite and extend their unbeaten streak to 17.

The defending champs were in disarray in the opener as Motolite buried them in a 10-20 hold but it hardly mattered as the former found their groove down the stretch to take the semis lead.

It was reminiscent of Creamline’s four-setter win three days ago against Motolite, but this time Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado were back to lead to the squad.

Valdez led all scorers with 16 kills, two blocks and two aces for 20 points laced with 16 digs for a double-double performance.

It was a total team effort for the Cool Smashers as four other players reached double figures with Michele Gumabao, Jema Galanza, Pau Soriano and Celine Domingo had 16, 13, 11 and 11, respectively.

Kyle Atienza also had a stellar job defending the floor as she recorded 36 digs and 20 excellent sets.

Creamline rode on Morado’s 26 excellent sets to dominate in attacks (59-41) while having the edge in blocks (9-5) and aces (8-2).

Isa Molde, Aie Gannaban and Tots Carlos took charge for Motolite conniving for 38 points as Myla Pablo was silenced to just six.

Creamline looks to close the series as Motolite hopes to set a rubber match tomorrow at 4 p.m.

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