Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Semifinals Game 1 between the Creamline Cool Smashers and the Petro Gazz Angels, scheduled on August 8, 2021, at 2:00 PM.
The Creamline Cool Smashers, on Friday, August 6, survived a scare from the Perlas Spikers and rallied for a big five-set victory, 25-12, 22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10, to claim the top semifinals seed in the PVL 2021 with an 8-1 win-loss record.
Alyssa Valdez led the team with 24 points on 22 attacks, but it was Tots Carlos, a newcomer, who stole the show with a triple-double of 20 points, 21 excellent digs, and 12 excellent receptions.
Creamline recovered to win the fourth set and get off to a good 6-2 start in the deciding set.
After two crucial offensive errors late in the game, the Perlas’ fatigue caught up with them, and they turned a three-point, 9-12 disadvantage into a crushing loss.
Meanwhile, Petro Gazz topples Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22, to book the last semifinals ticket, thanks to Myla Pablo and Ria Meneses’ contributions.
The explosive combo of Pablo and Meneses combined for 25 kills and 17 and 15 points, respectively, as the Angels clinched their sixth win against two losses.
Petro Gazz dominated Sta Lucia on all fronts, outscoring them 43-34 in attacks and 10-3 in blocks.
Meneses also demonstrated her defensive prowess with four blocks, as the Angels held Sta Lucia’s hard-hitting MJ Phillips and Jonah Sabete to a combined 10 points.
In their elimination round match, Valdez and Jia Morado lead Creamline past tough-fighting foe Petro Gazz in four sets.
The Cool Smashers fought hard for nearly every point in a four-set victory over the Angels, winning 26-24, 26-28, 25-22, 25-20.
Morado was named Player of the Game after racking up 35 excellent sets and 3 points. Valdez had a triple-double with 16 points, 21 excellent digs, and 18 excellent receptions, while Jeanette Panaga had 15 points.
With a tumultuous first three frames, the Angels were poised to force a fifth-set decider after a rout of 11-4, highlighted by back-to-back Mean Mendrez points. Creamline, on the other hand, dug deep and came back with a 14-5 blitz to take an 18-16 lead.
Despite Grethcel Soltones’ efforts to pull her team within two points, 20-22, Petro Gazz’s tanks were depleted before the finish line, as many late errors swung the game in the Cool Smashers’ favor for good.
With 18 points, Ces Molina led the Angels’ strong defense, while national team libero Kath Arado racked up 26 excellent digs and 19 excellent receptions.
Both teams again showed that top-tier recruitment and balance in their rosters as they went back-and-forth in the crucial third set.
After Petro Gazz got out to a good start with a 7-0 run to take a 10-8 lead, Creamline answered with an 8-0 run to make it a 16-10 game. However, the Angels responded with another 7-0 run to take a 17-16 lead until Carlos finished the frame in Creamline’s favor, 25-22.
Creamline 3 – Valdez 25, Sato 5, Panaga 7, Gumabao 13, Morado 3, Galanza 16, Carlos 23.
Petro Gazz 2 – Soltones 10, Molina 17, Palma 10, Malabanan 1, Saet 2, Meneses 7, Pablo 26.
Set Scores: 27-29, 25-23, 16-25, 25-17, 16-14