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    Risa Sato takes charge as Creamline eliminates Army from semis contention

    Oct 16, 2019
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    CREAMLINE extended its unbeaten run to 14 matches, while eliminating Pacifictown-Army from semis contention, 25-15, 25-18, 25-22, in the PVL Open Conference on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan.

    Risa Sato led way this time for a Creamline squad still missing Alyssa Valdez, scoring 13 points off nine kills and three blocks.

    Jema Galanza delivered 11 points, while Rosemarie Vargas had 10 markers while making 15 excellent receptions.

    Michele Gumabao and Celine Domingo added eight points apiece, while Jia Morado dished out 15 excellent sets on top of six digs and a point.

    “Sabi lang namin, wag kaming sisimangot, wag kaming tatahimik, wag kaming sasabay sa bagal ng laro nila,” said Galanza. “Kung gaano kami kabilis dapat maintain lang namin.”

    Valdez can move around without a walking boot but is still undergoing therapy for the right midfoot injury and was out for the second straight match.

    Still, Creamline scored the easy win are two victories away from a sweep of the eliminations.

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    “Going to the semifinals, it’s really helpful for the team lalo na nga maraming nakakalaro so the confidence of each and everyone is very crucial pagdating ng semifinals,” Valdez said. “We all know na iba yung nilalaro ng lahat ng teams sa final four at least every one will be ready kung sino ipapasok at tatawagin ni coach Tai (Bundit).”

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    The Lady Troopers dropped to a 6-8 win-loss record.

    Royse Tubino had 13 points, eight digs and six receptions for Army, while Jovelyn Gonzaga and Ging Balse-Pabayo each had seven points.

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