PVL: Crimeline tops title, retains Petro Gaz in Game 1

Crimline Cool Smashers is close to the Open Conference title.  PVL photo

Crimline Cool Smashers is close to the Open Conference title. PVL photo

MANILA, Philippines – The Crimline went on to win the game 25-16, 23-25, 25-12, 32-30 on Wednesday night with PetroGaz winning six sets of points and advancing to the Mall of Asia Arena from the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Championship.

Alyssa Valdez and Tots Carlos fought back against the Angels’ repeated attempts in the extended fourth set to hammer their own winners to give the Cool Smashers their first professional title.

The Cool Smashers will go for it in the 2nd game of their best-of-three final at the Yanares Center in Antipolo on Friday.

Valdez and Carlos finished with 25 points, while Jema Galanza added 17 points.

The Crimline threatened to make it a one-sided match after losing the first set to a 15-9 spike count against PetroGaz, which has not won against Cool Smashers in the last eight fights.

In the second, the Angels seized the opportunity after allowing Tots Carlos to tie the score at 22, leading 18-15.

And after some more exchanges, Remy Palma won the set by pushing consecutively and tied the match. During that time, the Crimeline attempted to bury Petrogaz in the 19-10 attack, but made eight inevitable errors.

Yet it was powerful enough to stop the Cool Smashers, who came out firing from all angles in the third set through Jema Galanza, Jeanette Panaga and Carlos. Crimline out-attacked PetroGaz 20-7, with Angels’ top spiker Myla Pablo checking out due to cramps.

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