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Creamline escapes Choco Mucho and closes in on 8th PVL title

Creamline overcame a meltdown in the first set to take Game 1 over Choco Mucho, 24-26, 25-20, 25-21, 25-16, in the best-of-three finals series of the 2024 Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Thursday evening.

The Cool Smashers counted on Jema Galanza and Tots Carlos, who went one step further in the endgame of each set to move closer to capturing their eighth championship.

Galanza uncorked 20 points from 18 attacks and two blocks, while Carlos knocked down 16 attacks from her 17 points to win the game. Alyssa Valdez also showed flashes of her vintage nine-point form.

However, Creamline head coach Sherwin Meneses believed it was their deep bench that led them to victory in front of 17,457 spectators.

“Before the game started, I reminded them that the bench (players) will lead us to victory. So it became true,” Meneses said.

“Because I know that Choco (Mucho) system is always there. Number one for coach Dante (Alinsunurin) who knows how to stop the players. Our bench, they are always there. As I always say: teamwork will take us to lead the victory. It’s not just one, two or three players.”

Despite coming off the bench in the second set, Bea De Leon exploded for 11 points, including five kill blocks, while Bernadeth Pons chipped in eight markers.

Michelle Gumabao also scored seven points, while Jeannette Panaga and Risa Sato added five and two points respectively.

Kyle Negrito, meanwhile, distributed the ball effectively as she dished out 19 excellent sets on the top three points.

The Cool Smashers, as in the second and third sets, rallied from an early deficit in the fourth frame to earn a come-from-behind victory.

Creamline looks to close out the series in Game 2 on Sunday, also in the Big Dome.

On the other hand, Sisi Rondina’s 27 points and Royse Tubino’s 15 points were not enough to propel the Flying Titans in securing the first win of the series.