CREAMLINE came from a set down to snap Pocari Sweat’s six-game winning streak, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-13, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin and American reinforcement Laura Schaudt led the way for the Cool Smashers, who improved to 3-4.
Kaewpin poured in 20 points and Schaudt scored 14, while Creamline star Alyssa Valdez provided 18 markers.
Aside from their attacks, Kaewpin and Valdez, who were teammates in 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai Super League, also delivered defensively. Kaewpin had 15 digs and eight excellent receptions, while Valdez had eight digs and eight excellent receptions.
“I know that they really want to get this (win) and of course, ang mga imports namin very eager na maglaro talaga,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro, who called the shots for head coach Tai Bundit.
“Well unang-una, sa kanilang first game it’s above our expectations considering its their first game,” he added.
The win also served as a gift to Bundit, who’s in Thailand to commemorate the 100th day after the death of his in-laws.
“It’s a solemn ritual in Thailand where pupunta sila sa province and then ‘yung ash ilalagay sa sea,” shared Almadro.
The Lady Warriors were out of sync in the fourth set, committing too many unforced errors that allowed the Cool Smashers to pull away early, 10-3, before the lead ballooned to 16-9 as Creamline eventually sealed the win.
American import Michelle Strizak and Bosnian reinforcement Edina Selimovic had 15 markers apiece for Pocari Sweat, while Jeanette Panaga had 14.
Pocari Sweat came crashing back to earth and slid to 6-3.