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In what was only the second five-set thriller of the tournament, the Creamline Cool Smashers outlasted the Petro Gazz Angels on Wednesday to claim the top spot in Pool B of the on-going 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference at the Paco Arena in Manila.
Creamline which emerged victorious in the battle of two undefeated sides, posting a 76-59 advantage in attacks en route to a 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-10 winner.
And for the third consecutive match, Tots Carlos delivered on her game-long offensive brilliance, exploding for 28 points as well as 16 digs to power her side.
Jem Galanza and Alyssa Valdez tallied 18 and 17 points, respectively to provide the support while setter Jia Morado-De Guzman converted on 35 excellent sets.
Creamline also had an 83-64 edge in digs, which proved vital towards the end of the exciting affair.
Grethcel Soltones was the high-point woman for the Angels with 23 points on 20 spikes and 2 aces. MJ Phillips added 15 while Aiza Maizo-Pontillas added 13 markers and 14 digs.
With the win, Creamline will enter the quarterfinals with the top seed in Pool B and shall square off against the fourth-ranked Chery Tiggo Crossovers from Pool A.
In the first game, the PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters finally broke into the win column after a hard-earned straight sets victory over the BaliPure Purest Water Defenders, 25-20, 26-24, 25-22.
Though the Power Hitters scored a sweep, all three sets were tightly-contested, but coach George Pascua’s troops got the job done towards the end.
Mika Reyes led PLDT with her 11 points on 7 attacks and 3 blocks. Toni Rose Basas and Dell Palomata each added 8 markers, with Basas also tallying 10 digs.
Although no team in Pool B gets eliminate, the win enabled PLDT to take the third seed with a 1-2 record. They shall face the no. 2-ranked Pool A squad in the crossover quarterfinals.
Photos from Premier Volleyball League
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