In a rematch of the 2019 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Finals Open Conference, new recruit Tots Carlos supplied the spark as Creamline overcame a sluggish start to defeat the retooling Petro Gazz, 24-26, 28-26, 25-22, 25-20, at the PCV Socio-Civic and Cultural Center on Tuesday.
Creamline took the lead 18-16 after losing by as much as seven points early in the fourth set, owing to a 4-0 rally led by Tots Carlos.
Petro Gazz was held within striking distance by Rem Palma, Mary Anne Mendrez, and Ces Molina, but Carlos, combined with a pair of Angels’ errors, clinched the 25-20 win for the Cool Smashers.
With the win, Creamline tied Chery Tiggo for first place with equal 2-0 records.
In the first set, Petro Gazz took advantage of an error-prone Creamline, winning 26-24 to take a 1-0 lead.
The Cool Smashers found themselves in a similar seesaw situation in the second set, but this time Alyssa Valdez was able to push her team to the finish line, tying the match at 1-1 with a 28-26 set triumph.
Creamline jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the third set and led 16-10 at the second technical stoppage. The lead, however, was short-lived, as Petro Gazz went on a 7-0 run to reclaim it.
Carlos, fortunately for the Cool Smashers, gave the spark they needed to take a 25-22 and grab a 2-1 lead.
“Ako naman laging ready like what the coaches and my teammates remind me, ready ako palagi,” said Carlos, who also celebrated after receiving good news that she will graduate in her Physical Education course.
Valdez led the team with 16 points, while Jeneatte Panaga, Michele Gumabao, and Risa Sato each added 15, 12 and 11 points, respectively. Jia Morado, meanwhile, handed out 35 superb sets, a conference high.
Ces Molina, Remy Palma, and Riri Meneses led the Angels with 18, 17, and 16 hits, respectively, but they fell short in the end, absorbing their first loss.
Petro Gazz (1-1) remained in third place, tied with Sta. Lucia (1-1).
On Thursday at 3:00 PM, Creamline will meet Black Mamba-Army, while Petro Gazz will face Cignal on Friday at 6:00 PM.