Creamline downs rival squad Petro Gazz to extend unbeaten PVL run to 5 wins

Creamline came out on top against Petro Gazz (PVL)

By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña

The Creamline Cool Smashers survived their toughest challenge of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) All-Filipino Conference so far after outlasting the Petro Gazz Angels in five grueling sets, 25-22, 23-25, 25-27, 25-19, 15-13, last November 9, 2023, held at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

With the hard-earned come-from-behind victory, the mighty Cool Smashers remained the only unbeaten team in the PVL All-Filipino Conference after five games.

It was what the fans expected from the rivalry between Creamline and Petro Gazz as both squads figured in five nip-and-tuck sets with no team leading by as much as seven points.

The Cool Smashers drew first blood after playing a more disciplined defensive game, reading Petro Gazz’s attacks that resulted in several dig saves and block interferences.

However, the Angels redeemed themselves in the next two sets and gave Creamline a dose of their own medicine when they ran the cross-court attack hit play at will.

There was just nothing that the Cool Smashers could do once the Angels elevated to execute their cross-court attacks while also picking up their middle blocking that went missing during their first-set loss.

Just when the Angels thought they could continue their surge, the Cool Smashers made crucial in-game adjustments and banked on the powerful attacks of Tots Carlos.

Carlos answered the call to trim their deficit and started to clinch her offensive rhythm that forced a fifth and final set for all the marbles.

Creamline picked up where they left off at the start of the fifth set after racing to a quick 9-4 advantage courtesy of Bernadeth Pons and Lorie Bernardo.

With the game on the line, Petro Gazz refused to back down and countered with their own scoring run to get within a point, 14-13, but Carlos saved her best for last after converting the game-winning spike.

Carlos impressed against Petro Gazz and finished the five-set thriller with 16 points built from 16 successful attacks.

Meanwhile, Jema Galanza was a steady force for the Cool Smashers and contributed 15 points, 13 excellent digs, and 12 excellent receptions.


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