Right from the very beginning of the tournament, Creamline was arguably the top favorite to win the Premiere Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference 2018.
Fresh from bagging the Reinforced Conference, the Cool Smashers have the formula to clinch their second PVL title — an award-winning tactician, a talented roster, and a winning confidence.
And yesterday, Creamline translated those into full-blown reality as they take the trophy after freezing the Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles in their two Finals encounter.
The Cool Smashers made quick work of the Lady Eagles in Game One, 25-17, 25-10, 25-15, before sweeping them anew in Game Two, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15, to take home their first ever Open Conference title.
Conference Best Setter Jia Morado was hailed Finals Most Valuable Player as she dished out 39 excellent sets laced with eight points off four aces, two attacks and two blocks.
It was sweet, sweep, indeed, giving the departing Tai Bundit a fitting encore before he leaves the country for good.
How did they asserted their mastery over the young Katipunan-based squad? Let the numbers explain.
90 — There was a huge difference in the production of attacks between Creamline and Ateneo-Motolite, may it be in total produced attacks or success rate in spikes.
The Cool Smashers had the edge in offense, registering 90/211 kills for an average 45 attacks per game off 42.65 percent success rate. The Lady Eagles, meanwhile, struggled to convert attacks into points as they only produced 50/192 kills, averaging 25 attacks per game for a 26.04 percent success rate.
8 — While Ateneo-Motolite has the conference’s Best Middle Blocker in Maddie Madayag, Creamline still performed better in the blocking department. The Cool Smashers tallied a total of eight blocks compared to the Lady Eagles’ six.
17 — The tournament’s best serving team, Creamline made a living from the service line, especially in Game Two, as they had more aces than Ateneo-Motolite. The Cool Smashers dropped six followed by 11 for a total of 17 aces while the Lady Eagles only managed seven.
62-24 — With Ateneo-Motolite’s reception in disarray, Deanna Wong struggled running their offensive machine as she was outplayed by Morado in the setting department. Wong had 24 excellent sets combined while Morado almost tripled her output with 62 excellent sets.
27 — Valdez led Creamline with her combined 27-point output built on 19 kills, seven aces and a block. She also added eight digs in Game One before posting triple-double in Game Two with her 13 points, 12 digs and 11 excellent receptions.
17, 16, 13 — Though their effort went for naught, Ateneo-Motolite’s triple tower Bea de Leon, Kat Tolentino and Madayag carried the offensive cudgels for their team.
De Leon topscored for the Lady Eagles with 17 markers off 13 kills, two blocks and two aces. Conference Best Opposite Tolentino was limited to 16 points while Madayag only managed 13.