MANILA, Philippines — Tots Carlos sustained her positive kind as she exploded for 22 factors as defending champion Creamline turned the primary native workforce to succeed in the semifinals of the 2023 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Invitational Convention after sweeping PLDT, 25-21, 25-20, 25-21, on Thursday at Philsports Enviornment.
The Cool Smashers hardly missed a beat coming off a two-week break. They haven’t dropped a set after three video games in Pool A to qualify for the subsequent spherical, the place they are going to be joined by Japanese squad Kurashiki Ablaze and Vietnam’s Kinh Bac-Bac Ninh.
The reigning Invitationals MVP Carlos delivered 17 assaults, three aces, and two blocks on high of eight glorious receptions, whereas Jema Galanza additionally stepped up with 12 factors together with two aces.
The hard-hitting pair joined fingers to avert a sluggish begin within the third set, the place they trailed 11-14. Carlos’ assault and Galanza’s ace gave Creamline a 23-18 unfold.
Nevertheless, Mika Reyes nailed the well timed fast assaults to place PLDT inside two, 23-21, earlier than Carlos scored back-to-back kills to finish the match in a single hour and 37 minutes.
“We’re actually completely happy as a result of we have now a bonus coming to the subsequent stage,” mentioned Carlos in Filipino. “However we nonetheless have lots to enhance and we belief this system of the coaches for our workforce. We simply comply with their directions and attempt to enhance on daily basis.”
Alyssa Valdez performed her greatest recreation since getting back from damage as she delivered 11 factors and eight digs, whereas setter Jia De Guzman orchestrated the Cool Smashers’ offense with 22 glorious receptions on high of two factors.
“It’s a very good win for us immediately. We have been capable of safe the semifinal slot,” mentioned Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses. “I feel the workforce nonetheless improved regardless of the break. Now we have to arrange as a result of we nonetheless have plenty of video games.”
Michele Gumabao sat out the match coming off an vital journey to Europe however she’s going to return to motion towards Akari on Saturday, in accordance with coach Meneses.
PLDT dropped to 1-1 within the third place of Pool A with Imply Mendrez being the lone double-digit scorer with 10 factors as Jovielyn Prado completed 9 factors earlier than she obtained injured within the second set from a foul touchdown.
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