By Waylon Galvez
Games Saturday (The Arena San Juan)
4 p.m. – BanKo-Perlas vs Motolite
6 p.m. – Creamline vs PetroGazz
Defending champion Creamline shoots for the title in record fashion when it faces the PetroGazz Angels in Game 2 of the PVL Open Conference Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Cool Smashers, dominated the elimination round with a perfect 16-0 record before it cruised in the semifinals with a 2-0 sweep of Motolite, won the series opener last Wednesday.
Alyssa Valdez, a member of the national team in the 30th Southeast Asian Games this month, led the charge 25-14, 25-22, 27-25 that moved them a win away from recording the first ever undefeated campaign in the tournament.
Creamline hopes to end their series with PetroGazz in the 6 p.m. match.
“This is the Finals. We expect nothing but an all-out game from both sides,” said Valdez, who delivered a sterling performance in Game 1 last Wednesday with 17 kills and two aces.
Jema Galanza also had a solid outing with 15 hits, the same with Michele Gumabao, who added 10 points, while playmaker Jia Morado anchored the Cool Smashers’ offense with 21 excellent sets.
PetroGazz coach Arnold Laniog and the Angels hope to come up with key adjustments to have a chance of tying the series.
Aside from keeping its season alive, PetroGazz is also hoping to stay in the hunt for a second straight title after winning the previous Reinforced Conference at Creamline’s expense.
Game 3, if necessary, will be played on Wednesday.
Meantime, BanKo-Perlas shoots for third place when it plays Motolite at 4 p.m. after the Perlas Spikers won Game 1 25-23, 25-23, 25-18.