A SHORTHANDED Creamline still schooled Adamson University, 25-16, 25-9, 25-20, to cop its third consecutive win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Team captain Alyssa Valdez led the way for the Cool Smashers with 22 points and 10 digs, while former AdU star Jema Galanza added 11 markers, 13 digs and eight excellent receptions and setter Jia Morado registered all of the team's 30 excellent sets.
Creamline took the No. 1 spot with a 3-1 win-loss record, tied with Pocari Sweat and behind unbeaten BanKo Perlas (5-0).
Despite the straight-set win, Valdez admitted that it wasn’t as easy as it looked like.
“They’re potential sa floor defense medyo siguro kailangan talaga sa side namin kailangan matyaga kami kasi malakas sila sa floor defense,” said Valdez.
“But I think medyo nag struggle sila tapos madami silang miscommunication but I think they pretty did well,” she added.
It was Creamline’s first match without star opposite spiker Gumabao, who flew to Albania on Tuesday for the 2018 Miss Gobe pageant.
“For the past weeks naman we’re also training pinapractice naman ni coach Tai pinapasok sina Jem (Gutierrez), si Fille (Cayetano) para to fill in Michele and I think it’s working naman,” said Valdez.
Krich Macaslang made seven points for Adamson, which slid to 0-4 at the seventh spot.