Cool Smashers aim to finish, Angels hope to extend in Game 2

Creamline and PetroGazz have different things in mind when they march to Game 2 of the best-of-three Finals of the 2019 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference.

The Cool Smashers are looking to seal the deal and run away with the championship while the Angels hope to forge an extension when they collide 6 p.m. main event at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.

Before the main action, Banko-Perlas and Motolite clash first at the 4 p.m. curtain-raiser for the bronze medal.

Touting with the series lead and an unbeaten 19-game winning streak, the defending champs Creamline nears a back-to-back Open Conference title after its straight-set, 25-14, 25-22, 27-25, victory in Game 1.

It was a commanding win for the Cool Smashers, who overpowered PetroGazz in attacks, 51 to 32, behind the double-digit scoring efforts from Alyssa Valdez, Jema Galanza, and Michele Gumabao.

Valdez led all scorers with 19 markers off 17 kills and a couple of aces while Galanza uncorked 15 hits and 10 digs for a double-double performance. Gumabao chimed in 10 points for the ladies in pink.

“One thing we want as a team is ayaw naming maulit ‘yung hirap na pinagdaanan namin nung Reinforced Conference, so we have to stay focused and composed towards our other games,” said Valdez, referring to their Finals lost against the same squad almost four months ago.

A win will hand the Tai Bundit-mentored spikers their third overall PVL title — the most in the history of the 3-year old league.

On the other hand, it will not be the first time that the Angels will head into the championship series at a disadvantage following their Reinforced Conference feat.

The reigning champions of the import-flavored tourney also dropped the series opener against Creamline before bagging the next two games to complete their title run.

Head coach Arnold Laniog and his wards will once again lean on Jovie Prado, Jonah Sabete, and Jeanette Panaga in order to force a decider on November 13.

Sabete, Prado and Panaga came up with combined 12, 11 and seven points, respectively, all for naught the last timeout.

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