Creamline digs deep to stun PLDT in a five-set heist as Cignal also goes the distance to break a three-game skid at the expense of title hopes Army Black Mamba PVL Invitational Conference
MANILA, Philippines – The Creamline Cool Smashers pulled off a stunning five-set heist from two frames down at the expense of the PLDT High Speed Hitters, 22-25, 25-27, 25-21, 25-19, 15-12, in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Invitational Conference at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City on Saturday August 6.
Tots Carlos led another balanced offense in the thrilling victory with 22 points on 18 kills, 3 blocks and 1 aces, while Alyssa Valdez, Jema Galanza and Pangs Panaga each scored 14.
Kyla Atienza also bolstered the defense with her best game in the conference so far, totaling 23 great digs and 17 great receptions as Creamline advanced to a 2-0 semifinal.
After a heartbreaking second-set loss after leading until 7, 11-18, Creamline rallied in the third and fourth frames and continued their momentum to a 10-5 lead in the deciding fifth set.
Undaunted, PLDT rallied to an 11-man draw on a 6-1 push capped by a point-stop from Eli Soyud. However, a foot foul by Soyud shortly after triggered a crucial 3-point swing by the Cool Smashers, ending in a match point block by Panaga on a smash by Soyud.
The High Speed Hitters managed just one saved point on a serve error from Creamline before Carlos dismissed Chin Basas’ attack to finish the charge from behind.
Rhea Dimaculangan paced the loss with 27 excellent sets as Dell Palomata and Mika Reyes netted 14 and 13 respectively. After a torrid start, PLDT now settle for second with a 2-1 record.
Meanwhile, in the first game, Cignal HD Spikers broke a three-game skid to knock out Army Black Mamba Lady Troopers in the final of a thriller in five sets, 26-24, 26-28, 25-18 , 18-25. , 16-14.
The reigning Open Conference top setter, Gel Cayuna, had her best outing yet in the Invitationals with 39 excellent sets. Top middle blocker Ria Meneses led the offensive department with 23 points on 20 points, while Ces Molina had a triple-double on 16 points, 22 great receptions and 16 great digs.
Rachel Anne Daquis also scored 15 goals as Cignal went 1-1 in the semi-finals while sending Army to an 0-3 record.
Jovelyn Gonzaga paced the heartbreaking loss with 21 points, while veteran Joanne Bunag added 18 points on 17 kills.
Creamline can continue their unbeaten run in the semi-finals with a victory on Monday, August 8 at 5:30 p.m. against the Philippines national team, last-minute substitutes from the COVID-stricken Kobe Shinwa Women’s University of Japan. .
Meanwhile, Cignal hosts the last remaining foreign team in the conference, Taiwan’s Kingwhale Taipei, in Monday’s opener at 2:30 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena, while the army is to play for pride against the national team. from the Philippines on Tuesday, August 9, 2:30 p.m.
PLDT will then go for a rebounding victory against Kingwhale in Tuesday’s main event at 5:30 p.m. – Rappler.com