Down two sets, Creamline pulled a 180 to fend off PLDT, 22-25, 25-27, 25-21, 25-19, 15-12, in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference semifinals on Saturday at Ynares Center Antipolo.
Creamline vs PLDT recap
Leading scorer Tots Carlos delivered on both ends with a game-high 22 points off 18 attacks, and three blocks and 22 digs to keep the Cool Smashers unblemished at 2-0.
Libero Kyla Atienza copped her first Player of the Game honors with her super floor defense as she tallied 23 digs and 17 receptions.
Leading with a five-point cushion in the decider, the Cool Smashers averted another late-game surge by the High Speed Hitters who fired off a 5-0 run to tie things up at 11-all.
Costly errors from PLDT and back-to-back blocks from Creamline capped the win for the Cool Samshers.
PLDT was looking to pull an upset as it led with a two-set lead, featuring that 8-1 rally in the extended second that turned a 19-24 deficit to a 27-25 victory courtesy of Dell Palomata who finished with 14 points off 12 attacks and two blocks in a losing effort.
Creamline flexed its championship poise to turn its back on PLDT as they pounced on an error-plagued High Speed Hitters in the third and fourth frame, finishing with a 60-55 advantage in attacks, 12-11 edge in blocks, and 6-5 upper hand in aces.
With the loss, the High Speed Hitters fell to 2-1 in the standings.
Four High Speed Hitters paced the loss in doube-figure scoring led by Palomata's 14. Mika Reyes chipped in 13 points, Fiola Ceballos added 11 points while Jules Samonte added 10.
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