ALYSSA Valdez erupted with 26 points as Creamline stayed unbeaten in four games with a 25-10, 19-25, 25-17, 25-23 victory over BanKo in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
After a two-hour delay due to the first two games each reaching five sets, Valdez and the Cool Smashers kept their focus and championship poise.
The three-time PVL MVP put up 18 spikes, six service aces and a pair of blocks including 15 digs, while Jia Morado provided the well-balanced offense to her spikers with 22 excellent receptions.
Jema Galanza delivered 15 points and 12 excellent receptions, while Michele Gumabao and Risa Sato added 12 and 11 markers, respectively.
Creamline stayed on top of the standings with a perfect 4-0 record despite dropping its first set of the conference.
“We have a lot of histories with BanKo, every time since our first season lagi kaming nagtatapat sa semis maglalaglagan kami,” said Valdez. “I guess kilala na namin isa’t isa tendencies, capabilites, abilities, more than the skills may puso talaga kaya mahirap talunin yung ganung klaseng team.”
Attacks from Valdez and Gumabao, followed by Dzi Gervacio’s mishit put Creamline at matchpoint, 24-21, only for Morado to commit a service error followed by Valdez’s miscue in attacking but Gumabao finally ended the one-hour and 50-minute match with a big block.
Creamline survived with 26 errors as it nailed 14 aces and 54 attacks outplaying BanKo, which only had three aces and 37 spikes.
Gervacio led BanKo with 16 points. Kathy Bersola had six kill blocks for 13 points, while Nicole Tiamzon added 10 markers as their team dropped to 2-2 win-loss record.