MANILA, Philippines – Even without Alyssa Valdez, Creamline needed just three sets to knock out rival Petro Gazz, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22, to kick off the Volleyball League All-Philippines Conference campaign Premier League in 2023 with a high performance on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
With MVP Valdez out three times with a right knee injury, Cool Smashers filled the void as Michele Gumabao shone as a starting player, while Celine Domingo maintained a fine, stellar season. last year.
Gumabao and Domingo each scored 13 points and made shots in the third set, helping their team come back from a 21-22 deficit by scoring four consecutive points capped by an attacking error. against the climax of Jonah Sabete.
Reigning MVP of the Tots Conference Carlos delivered as an opener with 11 points, 15 excellent tackles and 9 dugouts. Jeanette Panaga scored 10 points, including 4 interceptions, while setter Jia De Guzman made an excellent 27 sets.
“All of our players are ready to step up. Anyone who checked in the court knew her role. They are all leaders. They also know the system so it shouldn’t be difficult to adjust,” Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses said in Filipino.
“We are happy with the win. We all know that Petro Gazz was the previous championship team. Our services get working in critical parts. Hopefully we can maintain our good serviceability as the season progresses.”
Creamline joins sister group Choco Mucho as the opening day winner.
Oliver Almadro’s coaching debut against Petro Gazz was ruined as he hadn’t beaten Creamline since 2019 when he was with Choco Mucho.
Reinforced Conference’s best midfield player MJ Phillips wore streetwear due to a shoulder injury.
Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Nicole Tiamzon lead the Angels with 10 points, while Grethcel Soltones adds 9 points.
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