Cool Smashers have won the classic Game 1 fight against the Angels

Zia de Guzman of the Crimeline.  PVL photo

Zia de Guzman of the Crimeline. PVL photo

The Crimline won a classic Game 1 against Petro Gaz on Wednesday night where the Cool Smashers came in another win to claim the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference title. But its brilliant playmaker, Zia Morado-de Guzman, thinks the cool smashers have achieved so far back from the lessons they learned last season, when they had to take very bitter pills.

Cool Smashers’ 39-16, 23-25, 25-12, 32-30 win over Petro Gaz Angels on Wednesday night set out a great set and said they were finally all out to grab the crown. That almost missed their last time.

“This is the final, last few days of the PVL Open Conference. We want to pour out everything we’ve learned from the training, even from what we learned at the last conference, “said de Guzman. “That’s what drives us to work hard.”

The damage was done to a different enemy চ Cherry Tigo, who was supposed to be destroyed on the same stage last year by the Crimeline. The Cool Smashers took a 1-0 lead in that series and the ghost of that rate has haunted them ever since.

That’s why the Cool Smashers battled the Angels in the fourth set by six set points to win the thrilling final game witnessed by more than 14,000 screaming fans at the Mall of Asia Arena nearby. The Angels went back and extended their winning streak to seven games here.

The Cool Smashers will go for it in Game 2 of this best-of-three series at the Yanares Center in Antipolo on Friday.

De Guzman thinks they can do even better.

“We are grateful for the victory, but you cannot win [the title] In just one game. We have a lot to improve, “said de Guzman. “We have to go back to training tomorrow. Work on something we could do better today.”

No matter what De Guzman sees, the Crimeline was impressive because he spread the crime to some of the league’s most formidable scorers. Alyssa Valdez was the clutch as she and Tots Carlos scored 25 points, while Jema Galanza and Jeanette Panaga added 17 and 13 points, respectively.

Petro Gaz, who made an epic comeback in the semifinals against Signal HD, led MJ Phillips by 13 points.

The Angels’ long and difficult climb to turn the series opener into an intimate match had its impact as top hitter Miley Pablo was smashed in the third frame and Gretel Saltons was assisted off the court in the fourth frame.

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