|Tots Carlos scored another 20-point performance that propelled Creamline to another finals berth. PVL Media Bureau|
By Ricky Manliguis
MANILA, Philippines— For the fifth time, Creamline is in its favorite place: the finals.
The Cool Smashers put out an outstanding display on both ends as it thwarted Petro Gazz in straight sets, 27-25, 25-22, 25-16, in Game 2 of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference semifinals at the PCV Socio-Civic and Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte Monday.
With the win, the Rebisco-backed squad swept the Angels in the best-of-three affair and will await the winner of the other semis clash between Choco Mucho and Chery Tiggo in the finals slated Wednesday.
Tots Carlos dominated again, firing 21 points on 18 hits, two aces, and a block, all while combining with Jemma Galanza and Alyssa Valdez in keeping Petro Gazz at bay throughout the match.
Galanza added 12 markers, while Jeanette Panaga was the other double-figure provider with 10. Valdez started slowly before notching nine for the Cool Smashers.
Jia Morado had a hand on 36 of the team’s 37 excellent sets.
The Tai Bundit-mentored team asserted its might on offense with 47 hits, 11 better than Petro Gazz’s 36. But it was its defense that hounded its opponent, denying Petro Gazz hitters eight times while producing 64 excellent digs.
The loss relegated the Angels to the battle for third starting Wednesday. Ria Meneses got nine markers, even as Ces Molina and Remy Palma earned eight and seven, respectively.
Myla Pablo, who erupted for 26 points in Game 1, was limited to just three with Creamline’s defense swarming over her all game.