In the end, it was a big night for the Crimeline, which went home with the trophies dropped from the franchise last year.
The Yanares Center in Antipolo closed the Petro Gaz Angels 25-18, 15-25, 25-23, 25-16 in 2 games in their top three final series for the Cool Smashers Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Championship on Friday night.
The trophy erased the scars of last year’s title series and brought some shiny trim: Crimline Canon Tots Carlos and Alyssa Valdez were named League Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Final MVP, respectively. “I think it’s because we’re all familiar with each other, and it’s our mental strength that makes the difference,” said Valdez, whose team took the lead in last year’s championship fight and lost to Cherry Tigo.
“That [loss] My inspiration was all the conferences; I don’t want to lose that path again, “added Carlos, who also ran for the Best Opposite Spyker award. “It had a lot of trust and support from my teammates and management.”
The Crimline’s victory also brought Signal a bronze medal for its better quotient than Choco Mucho. In the third place fight, both the teams have scored one game each. There is no playoff for a bronze medal – just a quotient tiebreaker – once the championship is over.
The Cool Smashers used their scoring depth to claim the title, with Setter Zia de Guzman admitting that whenever he pulled the strings for the offense, he was spoiled for choice.
“It’s a luxury for me, I can go to everyone, be it single-blocker, double-blocker or triple-blocker – I know they will deliver,” de Guzman said. Valdez, who pushed the Crimeline to a point match, led the way The team with 20 points where Carlos added 16.
Already having two of the best individual performers to set up shots for Carlos and Valdez, De Guzman paved the way for the third gun to score for Gemma Gallanger, who punched 17 points and made a crucial run in the fourth set to help the cool smashers escape.
“It’s all worth it, all the sweat and tears in practice,” Galanza said.
In front of more than 7,000 fans, the Crimline hit the ground with a stunning display of its offensive power, burying Petro Gaz, 20-10 in the attack.
Angels fought valiantly behind the wounded star Gretchell Soltons, Nicole Thiamjan, and Myla Pablo, but was eventually overwhelmed by the Crimeline’s firepower.
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