By Waylon Galvez
Defending champion Creamline made history as it completed the first ‘sweep’ of the eliminations via a 25-19, 25-22, 24-26, 25-16 win over Motolite in the PVL Open Conference Wednesday night at The Arena in San Juan.
Even without star players Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado – both training in Thailand with the national team for this year’s Southeast Asian Games here – the Cool Smashers had enough weapon to hammer an unbeaten campaign of 16-0 this conference.
Jema Galanza came through with another solid performance with 23 points to go with 21 receptions and three service aces.
Michele Gumabao also stepped up big with 14 points while Kyle Negrito had 23 excellent sets to go with five points for Creamline.
The Cool Smashers will have Valdez and Morado back on the team when the Final Four kicks off this weekend.
Motolite finished the elimination round with a 10-6 card. Myla Pablo had 14 points while Tots Carlos added 11 hits and 21 receptions.
Meanwhile, in a duel of also-rans teams, Dell Palomata and Judy Caballejo each scored 15 points as Air Force topped Pacifictown-Army, 28-26, 25-20, 26-28, 26-24, to end its season with an even 8-8 record.
The Lady Troopers, third placers in the previous Reinforced Conference, bowed out with a 6-10 card.
Tags: 2019 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, 2019 PVL Open Conference, Alyssa Valdez, Cool Smashers, Creamline, Creamline Cool Smashers, Jema Galanza, Jia Morado, Kyle Negrito, Michele Gumabao, Motolite, Myla Pablo, Premier Volleyball League, PVL Open Conference, Tots Carlos