JIA Morado scored back-to-back aces to bail out Creamline and deny Pocari Sweat, 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 16-25, 16-14, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.
Alyssa Valdez finished with 22 points and 22 digs for the Cool Smashers, while Risa Sato had 16, Jema Galanza had 14, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano chipped in 11 and Morado had eight in the match that took two hours and five minutes to finish.
“Jia is really a reliable server,” said Valdez. “We know how veteran si Jia madami nang napagdaanang five-setter games so alam na niya ang gagawin niya and sino ba ang hindi nagtitiwala kay Jia Morado.”
Down by two, 14-12, after Dell Palomata pushed the Lady Warriors at match point, Alyssa Valdez saved the first match point followed by an untimely error by Wendy Semana.
Tied at 14-all, Morado gave the Cool Smashers their match point and the game-clinching ace to end the game.
The former Ateneo setter, who was calm when she was on the service line during the crucial stretch, was the first to remind the team that they have to stay composed despite trailing early in the fifth set, 5-10.
“Hindi natatapos ‘yung hangga’t hindi umaabot sa 15 or 25 so we just had to regroup,” she said.
“And sa fifth set (we) reminded ourselves na five points lang ‘yan kaya naman ‘yan habulin hindi naman ‘yan imposible, we just have to take one point at a time and not let it get to our heads,” she added.
Palomata and Jeanette Panaga led the way for Pocari Sweat with 19 points apiece, while skipper Myla Pablo had 13 and Iari Yongco contributed 11.
Creamline copped its fourth win in five outings, tied with Ateneo-Motolite at the No. 3 spot.