BALIWAG, Bulacan — Creamline proved too strong for Ateneo-Motolite, scoring a 25-23, 25-17, 25-14 win to take the solo lead in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Baliwag Star Arena on Sunday night.
Alyssa Valdez led the three-set demolition of her college team as the Cool Smashers ended the first round of eliminations with a 6-1 win-loss record while dealing the Lady Eagles just their second loss in seven games.
The former UAAP MVP led the Cool Smashers with 19 points and 11 digs in the match that took an hour and 20 minutes to finish.
Valdez, though, refused to read too much into Creamline's league-best record, saying the real battle awaits in the second round.
“The real game will start on the second round,” she said. “Lahat nakapag-adjust na, lahat ng teams may nadagdag na players so lahat talaga mas matindi ang labanan this second round. Lahat nabasa na namin.”
Jema Galanza had 10 markers for Creamline to back up Valdez in the absence of Risa Sato, who is in the University Games in Dumaguete with National University, injured Pau Soriano and Michele Gumabao, who’s in Albania for the Miss Globe 2018 pageant.
Rookies Vanessa Gandler and Samantha Fanger carried the fight for shorthanded Ateneo-Motolite with 10 and nine points, respectively.
Ateneo was without seniors Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag and Ponggay Gaston, who missed the game due to school activity. Tolentino was the team’s leading scorer with an 18.67-point average.