MANILA - (UPDATED) The Creamline Cool Smashers stamped their class over Chef's Classics, securing a swift 25-12, 25-5, 25-15 triumph on Sunday in the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The dominant win, which saw the Cool Smashers twice take 16-1 leads, gave the defending champions a 3-0 start to the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference. This is also their third consecutive straight-sets victory.
Skipper Alyssa Valdez put up 16 points -- including 7 aces -- while Jema Galanza had 11 points and Michele Gumabao added 10 markers, 5 of which came off blocks. The Cool Smashers had 32 kills, while nabbing 22 free points off the Red Spikers' errors.
"Siguro malaking bagay sa amin, lalo na next game namin is BanKo. So mas confident kami sa game namin, and tsaka 'yung sabi ni Ate Ly, 'yung connection at saka 'yung chemistry namin, andoon na," said Galanza after the game.
Valdez noted that they were well-prepared for Chef's Classics, having watched their three-set loss to Motolite on Saturday.
"Mas nakapag-aral din kami, and mas napaghandaan din namin, napanood namin 'yung game kahapon siguro kaya mentally, we're also prepared," she explained.
The Cool Smashers raced to a 16-1 lead in the first set, though a late run by the Red Spikers allowed them to break into double-digits before Galanza's rejection of Cecilla Bangad ended the frame.
They showed no mercy in the second frame, however. With Valdez at the service line, the Cool Smashers led 19-1 as the former Ateneo star scored three aces, while Gaanza and Celine Domingo scored at will at the frontline.
"I'm confident na kahit nasa likod ako, may tumutulong, sila Jema, na nasa front to always kill the ball," said Valdez. "So kahit lakasan ko 'yung bola or mag-error ako, laging may bawi."
Chef's Classics' 5-point outing in the second set was the lowest ever in club competition in the history of the PVL.
The Red Spikers played better in the third set, even briefly leading 2-0, before a 6-0 blast by Creamline put them in control. Chef's Classics also saved five match points when Tai Bundit yanked out his starters, but a tip by Rose Vargas completed Creamline's win in just 66 minutes.
The statistics showed how lopsided the game was, as Chef's Classics only tallied 14 kills -- four less than Valdez and Galanza combined. They had only two blocks to Creamline's 11, and only 3 aces to Creamline's 10. Valdez, by herself, served 35 times while the Red Spikers served 33 times as a team.
Nieza Viray led the Red Spikers with 7 points. Chef's Classics dropped to 0-2 in the conference.
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