Creamline volleybelles celebrate after scoring a big win over defending champion Chery Tiggo in Thursday’s matchup at the Filoil EcoOli Center in San Juan. (Photo credits: Philippine Online Student Tambayan)
By Tracy Cabrera
SAN JUAN, METRO MANILA—Capping their successful eliminations stint with a 1-5 mark, the Creamline Crossovers—the first champions in the pro league era—formalized its semis entry in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference with a 25-14, 25-20, 21-25, 28-26 trashing of Chery Tiggo at the Filoil EcoOil Center in San Juan City.
Though their campaign was hampered by injuries to key players and the absence of Japan league-based Jaja Santiago, they put up a gallant stand in the fourth, saving three match points on Czac Carandang’s quick attacks while Jema Galanza soared for a kill to break the 26-all count and score a 23-hit game whilst striker Jia De Guzman served an ace to wrap up the match.
Jema Galanza scored a game-high 23 points on 21 attacks and two aces to go along with seven excellent receptions.
Creamline head coach Sherwin Meneses remarked after his wards victory: “Okay naman iyong naging game today (Thursday night, July 28), iyong Chery talagang lalaban din talaga ‘yan. ‘Di basta-basta magpapatalo ‘yan, siyempre pro na tayo ngayon e. Hopefully, makakuha pa kami ng isang panalo bago mag-second round para maganda iyong ‘pag pasok ng semis.”
Tots Carlos scored 20 points to go along with 14 excellent digs for Creamline while Valdez had 16 points and 13 digs in the four-set victory. De Guzman dished out 23 excellent sets and scored a point.
On the other hand, Chery Tiggo was led by Mylene Paat with 15 on 10 attacks, three kill blocks, and two aces. She also had six excellent digs in the loss that dropped them to 1-5 in the standings tied with Petro Gazz at the last spot. (ai/mtvn)