DEFENDING champion Creamline defeated Pacifictown-Army, 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, to draw first blood in their best-of-three semifinals in the PVL Reinforced Conference on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan.
Pacifictown-Army played without head coach KungFu Reyes who is in Thailand to handle the Philippine Under-23 women’s team a tournament from July 4 to 10.
Thai reinforcement Kuttika Kaewpin showed the way anew for the defending champions, scoring 21 points, all coming from attacks, and making 16 digs.
Venezuelan import Ale Blanco had 12 kills, four blocks and three service aces for 19 points.
Alyssa Valdez chipped in 12 points and made eight digs and eight excellent receptions, while Jia Morado made 20 excellent sets in Creamline’s 10th straight victory.
“We know na Army won’t just give it away, hindi naman nilang madaling ibibigay sa amin,” said Valdez. “Kami naman as a team hindi pwede kumurap sa mga veterans na team like Army kasi very smart, intelligent sila kung paano maglalaro. Alam nila paano i-pace yung selves nila, kami namang mga nakakabata rin kailangan smart din kami.”
Creamline tries to close out the series on Saturday.
“At the end of the day we really have to improve a lot and Army next game mas kailangan pa paghandaan,” Valdez said.
Olena Lymareva-Flink scored 31 points on 25 kills, four aces and two kill blocks for the Lady Troopers.
Honey Royse Tubino had 14 points and American import Jenelle Jordan scored 10.