In its third attempt at professional success, Creamline didn’t falter and triumphed for the second time in a row. On Sunday, in front of an animated crowd at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, they defeated KingWhale-Taipei. Who had previously been unbeaten, by scores of 25-21, 25-19, and 25-8 to win the Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference championship.
The fact that they defeated the formerly dominant Taiwanese in just three sets is a testament to the quality of the squad. Also swept Petro Gazz in the recent Open Conference finals after losing to Chery Tiggo in the league’s maiden pro staging in Ilocos Norte last year.
The Taiwanese team rallied from a setback in the first set to take the final of their two six-point leads at 17-11 on a Kyle Negrito serve error. So even though it may have been faster than planned, the Cool Smashers still had to deal with some nerves.
The Cool Smashers responded with a decisive 14-2 binge. Pushing the Open Conference champions to the brink of another gold medal victory. However, Chang Chih-own Hsuan’s errant serve in the ensuing play had caused a Creamline run that the Cool Smashers would sustain until the end of the 80-minute match.
With the support of the majority of the 7,148 spectators. Whose thunderous roars kept the Cool Smashers’ adrenaline pumping while confounding the Taiwanese poise so evident in their pair of five-set escapes that propelled them to the finals. They maintained the momentum of that powerful assault. Racing to an 11-3 lead in the third and cruising to the trouble-free victory.
Alyssa Valdez, playing through an ankle sprain, slammed in a kill that hit a KWT defender’s arm. The seats as confetti dropped from the rafters to signal another spectacular victory for the Cool Smashers. Following their sweep of the Angels at the Ynares Center in Antipolo last April.
Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses claimed that the young Taiwanese team suffered from having to play back-to-back games before the finals, saying: “Siguro lamang kami sa pahinga ng isang araw. Halos hindi na silay makakilos ng maganda sa third set, undoubtedly due to the pagod. Key, without a doubt.
After arriving on Saturday, KWT immediately started playing back-to-back games beginning on Monday. After taking a two-day break, KWT prepared for another pair of consecutive games against Creamline and Cignal on Friday and Saturday before returning to play yesterday.
Saturday was a rest day for the Cool Smashers.
Meneses did, however, take note of Taiwan’s outstanding defense, which assisted in getting them to the final round.
He emphasized, “Napakatiyaga ng KingWhale, napakalakas ng depensa.”
Creamline’s chances at the Asian Volleyball Confederation Championship for Women. Starts on August 21 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.
The Taiwanese, who started their semifinal run with a five-set victory over the Cool Smashers. Couldn’t recover from their late second set collapse, stumbled to start their offense in the third set. Struggled to fend off the onslaught of the Cool Smashers. They were forced to settle for another runner-up finish. Their fourth overall (including the three in their domestic Top Volleyball League matches).
Tots Carlos scored 14 points after watching from the bench as Michele Gumabao led the team’s ferocious comeback in the second frame.
Valdez scored nine points, while Jema Galanza finished with 13, helping Carlos and his teammates win the first set.
“Whenever you win an award, whether it is for individual or team play, you always have a responsibility. Therefore, you must continue to advance, added Valdez, who also praised her teammates. The coaching staff for their trust and support after scoring the team’s nth championship point.
With 11 points and four blocks, Celine Domingo significantly impacted the game. She was also named the Finals MVP for her strong play on the defensive end of the court.
Gumabao, a former La Salle ace, gave Creamline, not just another attacking option but also an additional force on net defense in the second set. He concluded with four points on a 3-of-5 performance and gave Creamline the spark and the momentum.
Bea de Carvalho’s 12 points were her lowest total in five games due to the Cool Smashers’ outstanding defense. Chang finished with eight hits, Gantogtokw Khandsuren contributed six points. Chen Chieh and Germina Jacobs labored to a combined seven-point performance.
With 43 attack points, 13 more than the Taiwanese, eight blocks to KWT’s three, and seven aces to their opponent’s one. Creamline easily won the match.
Jia de Guzman also delivered 19 strong sets, three more than Liao. Valdez finished off another stellar performance with 13 strong digs, and de Guzman added nine of her saves.
KWT coach Teng Yen-Min stated that despite the defeat, his team was extremely happy with their performance and was eager to return to the top volleyball league in the nation.
I’m overjoyed, and we’re grateful that the PVL invited us to play. We intend to perform here again in the future,” she stated.