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MANILA, Philippines – Creamline maintained its undefeated streak to hold off Black Mamba Army, 20-25, 25-15, 25-27, 25-19, 15-13, in Thursday’s Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at PCV Socio-Civic Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.
The Cool Smashers remained at the top of the standings with a 3-0 record while the Lady Troopers dropped to 1-2.
Tots Carlos finished with 26 points on the back of 24 scoring spikes and two kill blocks to lead Creamline, while Alyssa Valdez added 20 points herself.
“Of course every team is preparing for the tournament, it’s a good thing our adjustments have produced the desired result,” said Cool Smashers assistant coach Sherwin Meneses. “Army doesn’t just give in, it’s one of the most experienced teams.”
The Cool Smashers, trailing 2-1 in sets, faced another hurdle late in the game when the center blocker sprained her right ankle and held the fifth set at 13-13.
Risa Sato and Michele Gumabao added 13 and 12 points respectively for Creamline, while Panaga left the game with nine points.
Jovelyn Gonzaga had 18 points to lead the Lady Troopers, while Royse Tubino added 14.
While the Cool Smashers had a huge advantage of 72-48 in kills, they managed to give away 39 free points for mistakes, while the Lady Troopers limited their miscues to 19.
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