Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Finals Game 2 between the Creamline Cool Smashers and the Chery Tiggo Crossovers, scheduled on August 12, 2021, at 5:00 PM.
Heading into todays crucial match, Cool Smashers team captain Alyssa Valdez said they should be wary of their gutsy opponent come Game 2.
“We’re just really thankful that everything worked for us during the fifth set,” said Valdez.
“Of course, we really can’t count out Chery Tiggo and we know that for a fact. But we’re just really blessed that everyone was all in and our mindset is to just give our all.” she added.
Valdez scored 21 points, all on attacks, as the Cool Smashers won the league’s first professional title with a thrilling five-set triumph over the Crossovers. They now need only a win to earn the league’s first professional title.
Nonetheless, Valdez expects a difficult match against Chery Tiggo, who gave them a scare in Game 1 on Wednesday.
The Cool Smashers wasted a two-set lead but rebounded in the decider, defeating the Jaja Santiago-led Crossovers 25-15, 25-21, 18-25, 19-25, 15-7.
After jumping out to a strong 2-0 lead, Creamline struggled in the third and fourth sets, allowing Chery Tiggo to take control. Santiago led the way with a team-high 25 points. Dindin Santiago-Manabat, her sister, scored 19 points.
Valdez, on the other hand, rose to the occasion in the fifth set, lifting her team to a second chance at the title.
Despite Valdez’s late-game scoring punch (21 attacks), it was newcomer Tots Carlos who dominated the whole game, scoring 26 points on 22 spikes, her fourth consecutive game with at least 20 points.
With 17 points, 18 excellent digs, and 13 excellent receptions, Jema Galanza recorded a triple-double, while star setter Jia Morado had 41 excellent sets, 7 markers, and 4 aces.
Santiago, on the other side, had a 25-point performance, while her older sister, Santiago-Manabat, had a 19-point performance.
Shaya Adorador was the team’s third-highest scorer with 9 points, while veteran Mylene Paat was held to only 2 points in a five-set fight.
In their Game 1 skirmish, Creamline outspiked Chery Tiggo, 61-54. Blocking and serving were also won by the former, 7-6 and 10-7, respectively. Despite having a little advantage on the receiving end (42-37), Crossovers were outdueled in setting and digging, with 54 excellent digs and 31 excellent sets compared to 80 excellent digs and 43 excellent sets for Cool Smashers.
If the Anusorn Bundit-coached side wins, they would win the country’s first pro-volleyball league title, but a win by the Aaron Velez-coached club will force a deciding Game 3 tomorrow.
Creamline 1 – Valdez 18, Sato 4, Panaga 2, Gumabao 2, Galanza 17, Carlos 15.
Chery Tiggo 3 – Santiago 25, Nabor 3, Paat 1, Ortiz 6, Adorador 9, Kasilag 2, Santiago-Manabat 18, Dacoron 8.
Set Scores: 18-25, 25-17, 16-25, 21-25