Creamline topples Choco Mucho, clinches 8th PVL title

Posted by watchmen
May 14, 2024
Posted in SPORTS

 

Creamline Cool Smashers’ Diana Carlos smashes the ball against the defense of Choco Mucho Flying Titans’ Cherry Nunag. (PVL photo)
Creamline Cool Smashers’ Diana Carlos smashes the ball against the defense of Choco Mucho Flying Titans’ Cherry Nunag. (PVL photo)

By ADRIAN STEWART CO

The Creamline Cool Smashers banked on their wealth of experience to finish off the Choco Mucho Flying Titans, 20-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11, in Game 2 of the 2024 PVL 1st All-Filipino Conference finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night, May 12.

Jessica Galanza anchored the offense with 20 points, all coming from attacks, to be named Finals MVP as the Cool Smashers clinched their fourth straight All-Filipino title and eighth PVL championship overall.

Negrense Bernadeth Pons added 17 markers, while Diana Carlos and Jeanette Panaga also ended with double-digits in offense with 16 and 13 points, respectively, for the Cool Smashers.

After surviving a tough fourth set, the Cool Smashers kicked off the fifth frame with a 6-2 lead behind connections from Galanza and Carlos, but the Flying Titans kept the match close at 7-8 on consecutive points from Honey Royce Tubino.

Errors on the side of the Flying Titans allowed the Cool Smashers to hang on to an 11-9 lead, but Choco Mucho made a run to cut the deficit to 11-12 on back-to-back hits from Cherry Rondina and Tubino.

Pons then stepped up for the Cool Smashers with two crucial points as they reached the championship point at 14-11 before Bea de Leon secured the victory with a drop shot.

Rondina finished with 31 points, Tubino and Cherry Nunag contributed 20 and 14 markers, respectively, while Madeleine Madayag and Maria Lina Molde tallied 10 points each for the Flying Titans.

Meanwhile, despite losing Game 2 of the best-of-three battle for third place series, the Petro Gazz Angels still emerged with the bronze medal at the expense of the Chery Tiggo Crossovers.

Angels rookie Brooke Van Sickle immediately made an impact on her PVL debut as the 2024 1st All-Filipino Conference Most Valuable Player.

The Filipina-American volleybelle poured it on in every statistical category, cracking the Top 10 in spiking, blocking, serving, digging, and receiving, while also leading the league in total points scored with 293 points on 242 attacks, 29 rejections and 22 aces./ASC, WDJ

 

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