Creamline pulls another close for No. 3

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Tots Carlos leads Creamline scorers vs Black Mamba. PVL MEDIA

ILOCOS NORTE-Creamline went through another wringer before scoring a 20-25, 25-15, 25-27, 25-19, 15-13 win over Black Mamba Army on Thursday to go unbeaten in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL ) Open Conference eliminations at the PCV Socio-Civic Cultural Center in Bacarra here.

In a thrilling final dominated by the less fanatical Lady Troopers, hearts won out over the experience as the Cool Smashers battled back 3-9 behind Michele Gumabao, Tots Carlos, Jeanette Panaga and Alyssa Valdez as Creamline won a third game in a row. won to retake the solo lead.

Carlos, who earned a starting spot after an impressive seven hits in the final two sets of Creamline’s 24-26, 28-26, 26-22, 25-20 win over Petro Gazz last Tuesday, has more than tripled her previous output and finished with 26 points, including 24 attacks.

“We’ve made some adjustments, they’ve worked and it’s a good thing we were able to take the win,” said Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses, whose strongly favored divisions spent most of the game on pins and needles in the face. of the Lady Troopers’ super all-round game.

Valdez lamented the team’s miscommunication and lack of focus, which resulted in 39 casual errors against their rivals’ 19.

“We kept thinking about what to do and worried about what would happen,” said Valdez, who backed Carlos with 20 hits. “Next time we have to play with a clear mentality so that we can play our game.”

Sato and Gumabao combined for 25 points, while Jema Galanza added seven and Panada scored nine before being carried off the field after colliding with Valdez towards the end of the game. It was a disastrous setback for the Lady Troopers, who proved to most of the two-hour, 10-minute encounter play that they could topple a star-studded crew like Creamline with their deliberate, well-thought-out plays.

They delivered the first two runs in the decider, scoring six hits behind Ging Pabayo, Royse Tubino and Christine Francisco against a lone Gumabao charge to take command. They increased their lead to six on a Galanza mishit.

Army, which drew 18 points from Jovy Gonzaga and 14 hits from Tubino, fell to 1-2.

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