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Alyssa Valdez and the Creamline Cool Smashers start their title duel against the PetroGazz Angels in the PVL Open Conference today in The Arena in San Juan. (Sports Vision Images)

Alyssa Valdez and the Creamline Cool Smashers start their title duel against the PetroGazz Angels in the PVL Open Conference today in The Arena in San Juan. (Sports Vision Images)

By WAYLON GALVEZ

Games Wednesday (The Arena, San Juan)

4:00 p.m. – Motolite vs Bank-Perlas

6:00 p.m. – Creamline vs PetroGazz

Defending champion Creamline and back-to-back title seeking PetroGazz start another finals showdown when the two heavyweight teams clash in the PVL Open Conference Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

Already the first team in league history to sweep the elimination round with a perfect 16-0 card, the Cool Smashers hope to cap it with a title opposite the reigning Reinforced Conference champion Angels.

The series opener of the best-of-five showdown is set at 6 p.m.

One thing going for the Cool Smashers is they swept the the Angels during the elimination round, winning in the first round 25-19, 28-26, 25-20 – their first face off since the Reinforced Conference Finals last Aug. 24.

In the second round, Creamline played without injured superstar Alyssa Valdez in Bacolod City, but managed to score a convincing four-set win 25-21, 26-24, 19-25, 25-18.

PetroGazz won the previous Reinforced Conference crown last July at the expense of Creamline, and the Angels enter the finals as the best defensive team, particularly on the blocking department.

Jeanette Panaga and Cherry Nunag lead that defensive wall at the net for PetroGazz with an average of 2.21 kill blocks per set.

The Cool Smashers, on the other hand, are the top scoring team in the league by dominating three skills categories, including attacks with a 34.36 percent success rate and service zone of league-best 2.19 aces per set.

Creamline also emerged No. 1 in setting with norms of 6.81 excellent sets per frame behind Jia Morado and Kyle Negrito, and they are leading in reception with averages of 44.77 percent efficiency rate.

Meanwhile, BanKo-Perlas and Motolite tangle in their best-of-three battle for third at 4 p.m.

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