Cool Smashers try to keep slate unblemished and secure semis spot without Alyssa Valdez
Pau Soriano and the Cool Smashers try to stay on top witho. ut their leading scorer. Jaime Campos

A CREAMLINE looks to stretch its unbeaten streak to five and claim the first semifinal berth as it clashes with struggling Power Smashers on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Arena in San Juan.

The Cool Smashers will have to keep their streak going without their ace player as Alyssa Valdez joins the national team in its Japan training and will miss at least three games.

Still, Creamline remains the slight favorite in the 4 p.m. match even after the Power Smashers snapped a three-match skid with a five-set squeaker over Perlas-BanKo Spikers.

The Cool Smashers are coming off a four-set victory over defending champion Pocari Sweat.

Without Valdez, the league’s MVP derby leader who dropped 30 points against the Lady Warriors, Creamline will lean on Francesca Racraquin and Perpetual Help standout Jamela Suyat for firepower.

“What is good with our team is that all our players are ready to play. Cesca (Racraquin) has done well last game and Jamela (Suyat) has been doing great in practices and we expect them to be ready in our next game,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro.

Perlas-BanKo and University of the Philippines, tied with Adamson and the Power Smashers at 1-3, face off at 6:30 p.m. both looking to boost their semis bids.

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