ANTIPOLO - Cream always rises to the top.
True enough, Creamline completed its run of perfection in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference on Friday, sweeping PetroGazz with a 25-18, 15-25, 25-23, 25-16 thriller on Friday at Ynares Center here.
The win fashioned out in front of 8,231 fans in attendance in the Antipolo venue capped an impressive run for the popular Cool Smashers, who went unbeaten through eight matches to claim the franchise's fourth crown.
The title run also came as a form of redemption for Creamline which exorcised its demons in the same venue where an underdog Petro Gazz side relegated it to a runner-up finish in the 2019 Reinforced Conference.
Alyssa Valdez delivered an MVP-worthy performance in the clincher with 20 points built on 14 hits, three blocks, and three aces while guiding the Cool Smashers' 11-1 stretch to rally from a 9-5 deficit in the fourth set to take the 16-10 lead.
Alyssa is Finals MVP
Rightfully so, she earned the Finals MVP plum at the end of the night after averaging 23.0 points in the two-game sweep.
It was cruise control for Creamline from there, with Celine Domingo's one-hand tip triggering the celebration on the bench and in the stands.
Crowd darling Jema Galanza also delivered 17 markers, all from attacks, while Season MVP Tots Carlos scored all of her 16 points off kills.
Domingo added 12, while Jia de Guzman had 35 excellent sets and four markers.
"Syempre masaya na naging successful yung conference. Hopefully makakuha pa ng marami next time," said coach Sherwin Meneses, who finally got a title in his second conference after assuming the role left by Thai mentor Tai Bundit.
"Masaya din na naka-isa. Talagang pinaghandaan namin yung conference ngayon kaya naging maganda yung kinalabasan."
Tin Tiamzon led PetroGazz with 14 points, while MJ Phillips and Myla Pablo both had 13 in the bridesmaid finish.
By virtue of Creamline's win, Cignal also captured the bronze medal this conference after edging Choco Mucho in Game Two of the consolation series for third place.
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