Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Finals Game 1 between the Creamline Cool Smashers and the Chery Tiggo Crossovers, scheduled on August 11, 2021, at 5:00 PM.
Fresh from a much-needed victory yesterday against the Choco Mucho Flying Titans, 25-16, 26-24, 25-23, Chery Tiggo will try to repeat their victory against the defending champions Creamline.
Against the Flying Titans in their Game 3 encounter, Jasmine Nabor provided 28 excellent sets and 3 points, all off aces. Her playmaking was particularly beneficial to the Santiago sisters, who scored 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Myleen Paat scored eight points and Shaya Adorador added seven.
The Crossovers thwarted the Flying Titans’ ferocious offense with strong floor defense, recording 56 excellent digs and 31 excellent receptions.
They hope to maintain that momentum into Game 1 of the Finals against the top-seeded team Cool Smashers, who defeated Petro Gazz Angels, 27-25, 25-22, 25-16, in Game 2 of their semifinals matchup on Monday (August 9).
Tots Carlos scored a game-high 21 points in just three sets, with 18 attacks, two aces, and a block.
Jema Galanza kept her outstanding start going with 12 points, 14 excellent digs, and 9 excellent receptions, while top setter Jia Morado organized 36 excellent sets, 12 excellent digs, and 4 points.
Against a squad that featured the PVL’s best blocker in Ria Meneses, the Cool Smashers had a 47-36 advantage in attacks and a 10-2 advantage in blocks. They enjoyed an 8-1 advantage in service aces as well.
However, in the Finals, the ‘three-peat’-seeking franchise would face the lone team that defeated them in the elimination round.
In a four-set classic on July 30, Chery Tiggo snaps Creamline’s 25-game winning streak, which began on August 11, 2019.
The 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago flaunted her lethal form to stun Alyssa Valdez and the Cool Smashers, who threatened a late comeback that the Crossovers thwarted. Jaja’s elder sister Dindin Santiago-Manabat was also instrumental in beating the reigning PVL Open Conference champion.
Maika Ortiz, a veteran middle blocker, shone in her first full game, displaying her hallmark running attacks and crucial blocks to end Creamline’s 5-0 start in the bubble tournament.
Santiago dominated with 20 points on 15 attacks, three aces, and two blocks. Santiago-Manabat scored 15 points, while Ortiz contributed 13 points and five of the team’s 12 kill blocks.
Nabor also sparkled, scoring four points and having 31 excellent sets. Paat had 11 markers, 19 digs, and 10 excellent receptions, while Adorador had four aces for 12 points.
Valdez had 16 points on 13 kills, two blocks, and an ace to lead the Cool Smashers. Carlos scored 12 points off the bench, while Michele Gumabao had 10 points and as many digs.
Creamline 3 – Valdez 21, Sato 1, Panaga 4, Morado 7, Galanza 17, Vargas 2, Carlos 26.
Chery Tiggo 2 – Sy 1, Santiago 25, Nabor 1, Paat 2, Ortiz 1, Adorador 9, Kasilag 3, Santiago-Manabat 19, Austero 6.
Set Scores: 25-15, 25-21, 18-25, 19-25, 15-7