Gumabao, Valdez shine for smashers – Enterprise Mirror

Creamline dismissed an early
problem from a returning Air Power aspect and went on to vogue out a 25-23,
25-20, 25-15 victory in a powerful begin to its back-to-back title drive within the
Premier Volleyball League Open Convention on the Filoil Flying V Centre in San
Juan on Sunday.

Michele Gumabao took cost and
fired 14 hits and drew strong backup from Alyssa Valdez, Risa Sato and Jema
Galanza as they dished out massive video games coming off a break following their failed
title-retention marketing campaign within the import-laced Bolstered Convention, though
they wanted to trip a primary set scare from a tough-starting Jet Spikers earlier than
finishing the straight-set victory.

This really marked the primary
time in three convention that Creamline hurdled its opening recreation project
after yielding a five-set defeat to Petro Gazz on this convention final 12 months and
dropping a straight-set loss, additionally to the Angels, on this 12 months’s Bolstered
meet organized by Sports activities Imaginative and prescient and backed by Mikasa, Asics and KFC.

“It’s so exhausting. I feel each
begin of the convention, there’s this sense that you simply don’t know what to
anticipate out of your opponents,” Valdez stated. “Air Power, we haven’t seen them play
for the longest time. Myla [Pablo] and [Jeanette] Panaga had been nonetheless with the squad
then however now, they’re a very totally different workforce.”

Valdez backed Gumabao with 13
factors constructed on 10 spikes, two aces and a kill block and capped her very good
all-around recreation with 12 digs and 7 glorious receptions.

Sato and Galanza, in the meantime, delivered
11 and 9 factors, respectively, to underscore the Cool Smashers’ balanced

Dell Palomata matched Gumabao’s
14-hit recreation whereas Might Ann Pantino added 10 factors for the Jet Spikers, who
skipped the primary convention however nonetheless confirmed it could measure up with the perfect
with their veteran-laden crew.

That was evident within the opening
body the place they battled again to threaten the Cool Smashers late within the set.
However the defending champions stored their poise and cashed in on the breaks to
foil their rivals earlier than reasserting their would possibly within the subsequent two.

“We’re actually anticipating a protracted
and exhausting match however undoubtedly within the first set, at the same time as a workforce, we would have liked to
modify,” Valdez stated.

Jia Morado produced 23 glorious
units to assist the Cool Smashers nail 48 assault factors whereas Kyla Atienza got here
by with 22 digs.

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