Cool Smashers foil Angels in thriller to zero in on crown

CREAMLINE put its vaunted hitting prowess on full show all night time however wanted a hitting error from Petro Gazz in a gripping fourth set duel to pull off a 25-16, 23-25, 25-12, 32-30 squeaker on Wednesday night time that moved the Cool Smashers a step nearer to ruling the Premier Volleyball League Open Convention in smashing fashion.

The jump-serving, power-hitting Tots Carlos got here by means of with an off-speed hit to shatter a 30-all rely in the fourth then the Cool Smashers snatched the set and the match as Seth Rodriguez fired a shot off an opportunity ball that sailed over the outstretched arms of two Creamline defenders and out of the baseline.

That triggered a frenzied celebration from the Cool Smashers’ aspect and majority of the greater than 14,000 roaring followers on the Mall of Asia Enviornment whereas the Angels’ practically froze in their aspect of the court docket in disbelief after lacking sending the opener of the best-of-three finals right into a decider following a gutsy, never-say-die play in the longest-set performed in the convention.

The Cool Smashers hammered 76 assault factors in opposition to the Angels’ 41 to underscore their unparalleled firepower whereas their ground protection produced 89 digs, 58 greater than their rivals. However the two-time Open champions nonetheless wanted to scrape previous in the fourth after taking a cruise in the third because the Angels refused to quit even after prime participant Grethcel Soltones cramped out of the sport with the rating tied at 20.

However Nicole Tiamzon stepped up big-time, combining with MJ Phillips and Jonah Sabete to drag their fancied rivals right into a marathon, nerve-wracking duel of nerves. The Angels blew 4 set factors whereas saving a few match factors earlier than Alyssa Valdez and Carlos mixed in the stretch and completed with 26 factors apiece.

Jema Galanza added 17 factors and Jeanette Panaga fired 13 factors for the Cool Smashers, who after a dominant first set win, crumbled in the second body enabling the Angels to draw stage and the gang to go livelier and crazier.

Fancied to reign in the league’s inaugural professional staging in Ilocos Norte final 12 months, Creamline received ambushed by Chery Tiggo after taking the opener of the best-of-three finals. However the Cool Smashers used that setback as a warfare cry, stamping their class with an intact roster to sweep its group prelims. They dropped the BaliPure Water Defenders in the quarters and dominated the Choco Mucho Flying Titans in two in the semis.

They shoot for a seventh straight victory and a sweep of the second Open professional crown tomorrow on the Ynares Middle.

Phillips completed with 13 factors whereas Soltones and Sabete mixed for 23 factors for the Angels, who beat the Cool Smashers in their first title face-off in the 2019 Bolstered Convention earlier than the latter beat the previous in the Open Convention of the identical season.

Earlier, Choco Mucho lived by means of a tense duel of nerves and poise in the fourth set because it pounded out a 25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 25-22 victory over Cignal HD to zero in on third place honors.

Deanna Wong put up a stellar efficiency orchestrating the Flying Titans’ offense and performed a key position in protection, ending with 30 wonderful units, 10 extra counterpart Gel Cayuna; whereas Kat Tolentino dished out one other fiery outing and banged in 23 factors.

Rose Ponce and Wong, in the meantime, anchored the again row with 26 and 20 digs, respectively, because the Flying Titans completed with 110 in opposition to the HD Spikers’ 80.

The 2-hour, one-minute win thus moved the younger Flying Titans a victory away from claiming third place after dropping to the Petro Gazz Angels in the battle for bronze in the professional league inaugurals in Ilocos Norte final 12 months.

The setback was the third straight for Cignal, which prolonged its skid following a formidable run of six victories, together with a sweep of the five-team group prelims, a quarterfinal win over BaliPure and a come-from-behind overcome Petro Gazz in the opener of their best-of-three semis.

However the Angels swept the following two in back-to-back, energy-sapping matches to seal a title showdown with the powerhouse Creamline Cool Smashers, relegating the pissed off HD Spikers to the duel of third.

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