Creamline sweeps F2 Logistics for fifth straight PVL All-Filipino Finals stint

Tots Carlos empowers Creamline to attend another PVL Finals.  – PHOTO OF PVL

Tots Carlos empowers Creamline to attend another PVL Finals. – PHOTO OF PVL

MANILA, Philippines — Defending champion Creamline completed the F2 Logistics semi-final series, 25-22, 25-23, 25-16, making it to the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Finals for the fifth time in a row. Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Cool Smashers, who played without Alyssa Valdez for the entire tournament, reaching the Eighth Overall Final with Tots Carlos leading the equalizer attack, orchestrated by choreographer Jia De Guzman, who made an excellent 23 sets.

Two-time PVL MVP Carlos scored 19 points, while Michele Gumabao scored 12 points to eliminate F2 Logistics for the first time into the semi-finals, the team receiving a much-needed boost from Myla Pablo upon returning from two absences.

“We are very happy to be in the Finals knowing that in F2 they are really a solid team this season. We’re glad we avoided the fourth or fifth set because they were tough opponents to deal with,” Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses said in Filipino.

Creamline will face either Petro Gazz or PLDT in the Best Finals series starting on Sunday. The remaining two semi-finalists compete for the final ticket to the championship round in a rubber match on Thursday.

Creamline's Jema Galanza celebrates a point.  – PHOTO OF PVL

Creamline’s Jema Galanza celebrates a point. – PHOTO OF PVL

Jema Galanza came to the rescue in the second set as the tie was 22 all in all as she scored the last three points to take a 2-0 lead on their way to winning their consecutive set, where she finished with 11 points, 15 peaches and 12 excellent receptions.

“It was a tough battle because both teams really prepared for this match. We are very grateful to the coaching staff for giving us a good preparation. And of course, the team didn’t give up,” said Galanza.

Celine Domingo, the limper, played a vital role with 11 points from five attacks, three saves and three aces, while libero Kyla Atienza added 17 diggings and eight tackles.

F2 Logistics will be adjusted in the fight for third place as it was dominated by Creamline in the third match, with a score of 18-10.

The Cargo Movers forced a tight fight in the first two sets but they were unable to answer the clutch trio of Carlos, Gumabao and Galanza.

Kim Kianna Dy was the only double-digit scorer for F2 Logistics with 11 points, while Pablo had nine points in the second leg.

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