DEFENDING champion Creamline dominated BaliPure, 25-8, 25-19, 25-14, to complete a first-round sweep of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
Alyssa Valdez had a game-high 18 points, built on 14 attacks, for the Cool Smashers, who cemented their hold of the No. 1 spot with an 8-0 win-loss record.
Creamline will have a week break before the second round starts on September 15.
“It’s hard to go into the second round,” said Valdez. “Siguro ito ang first time na nagkaroon ng napakahabang season and napakaraming teams as compared to last Reinforced Conference.
“So I hope na as the league and the season progress, kami rin nagiging consistent more than na nagje-jell din ang mga kalaban namin,” she added.
Jia Morado, who missed Creamine’s previous game against Pacific Town Army due to gastroenteritis, is back with 14 of the team’s 17 excellent sets in the match that took an hour and 10 minutes to finish.
“I think it’s really important for us to be confident going into the second round kasi all the teams are starting to jell, starting to gain experience, nagsa-start silang magclick na together,” said Morado. “So advantage sa amin na na-sweep ‘yung first round going into the second round.”
The Creamline duo are set to leave for Bangkok, Thailand on September 15 for the training camp with the national team before they see action in the Southeast Asian Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on September 20 to 22.
Menchie Tubiera made 10 points for BaliPure, while Grazielle Bombita, who scored a conference-high 31 points in their five-setter loss to BanKo, was reduced to just nine points.
The Purest Water Defenders, who slid to 2-5, will face PacificTown-Army on Wednesday to end the first round of elimination.