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    Creamline sweeps Ateneo-Motolite to rule PVL Open Conference

    Dec 8, 2018
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    BATANGAS City — Creamline completed a sweep of Ateneo-Motolite in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference finals, scoring a 25-20, 25-20, 25-15 victory on Saturday at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum.

    MVP Alyssa Valdez, Michele Gumabao and best setter Jia Morado led the way for the Cool Smashers, who showed no sign of panic despite the Lady Eagles’ great effort.

    Valdez tallied 13 points, all from spikes, 12 digs and 11 excellent receptions, while Gumabao had 12 markers and Risa Sato added 10.

    "I think we played today to win and for coach Tai," said Valdez. "He deserves a great exit, he deserves nothing but the best but to always win games."

    "So that’s what we thought before we entered the court, it’s really for coach Tai and we want to give this championship for him," she added.

    Down, 10-16, at the start of the match, the Cool Smashers showed composure and cruised to a 15-4 run to take the opening set.

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    Creamline was ahead, 16-9, in the second set before Ateneo-Motolite threatened, 15-16, the but Gumabao scored back-to-back points to spark a 9-5 spurt to easily take a 2-0 lead in sets.

    Already at championship point, 24-11, Creamline allowed Ateneo-Motolite to score four points but Sato's block on Jules Samonte sealed the win.

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    It was a fitting farewell gift to Creamline head coach Tai Bundit, who after five years in the Philippines will go back to Thailand for good.

    The Cool Smashers won the opener of the best-of-three series 25-17, 25-10, 25-15 on Wednesday.

    Team captain Bea de Leon and Kat Tolentino each had 10 points for Ateneo-Motolite.

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