UNBEATEN leader PetroGazz and streaking Creamline clash anew on Saturday in what could be a finals preview of the PVL Reinforced Conference at the Arena in San Juan City.
The Angels and Cool Smashers clash 4 p.m. after the match between Motolite (2-5) and BaliPure (0-7) at 2 p.m.
PetroGazz have won seven straight and look to score a repeat straight-sets victory over Creamline on opening day, when Alyssa Valdez sprained her ankle in the second set and didn’t return.
Janisa Johnson anticipates a tougher match-up this time.
“They probably didn’t like that we beat them so they’re gonna come with more heat,” Johnson told reporters. “We’re expecting that they’re gonna give us everything that they’re gonna give. We’re ready for it.”
Creamline is also facing a well-rested and well-adjusted Wilma Salas, the league’s best scorer with 21.8 points per game with an efficient 51.7 percent attack rate. The Cuban arrived from Turkey only hours before their first-round match.
Since the opening day loss, the Cool Smashers have won six straight games with two-time champion Thai Bundit replacing Chinese coach Huanning Li, while Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato and Melissa Gohing started to click with imports Kuttika Kaewpin and Aleoscar Blanco.
Creamline setter Jia Morado says minimizing errors will be the key.
“Kailangan stronger start. I think we have to be more consistent like as much as possible talaga no errors, wala kaming free points na ibibigay,” Morado told reporters . “It's going to be hard to contain the two imports talaga. Kasi we've seen how they play, we've seen how strong they are.”
“Pretty sure, napaghandaan din talaga kasi kami ng Petro Gazz,” she said. “So, this time, both teams are preparing well for the second time, the second meeting. So, sana, sana idadaan lang talaga namin to sa training to.”