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    Creamline overcomes two-set deficit to frustrate PLDT in PVL semis

    Aug 6, 2022
    Creamline vs PLDT Celine Domingo
    Celine Domingo and the Cool Smashers celebrate a point against PLDT.
    PHOTO: PVL Media Bureau

    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.

    Team captain Alyssa Valdez, Jema Galanza, and Pangs Panaga added 14 markers each.

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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      Celine Domingo and the Cool Smashers celebrate a point against PLDT.
      PHOTO: PVL Media Bureau
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