October 13, 2019
Creamline and PetroGazz bring their rivalry to Bacolod today (Sunday) in a key matchup of teams tipped to slug it out for the Premier Volleyball League championship for the second straight conference.
Though the Cool Smashers have clinched the first semifinal berth in the Open Conference as early as last week, the defending champions are still expected to go all-out not to just to preserve their unbeaten 12-0 slate but also re-assert their mastery over the very team which foiled them in the recent Reinforced Conference.
Creamline scored a sort of payback when it swept PetroGazz in their first round elims clash last Aug. 24 although the Angels used that setback as motivation, sweeping their next eight matches to zero in on the second Final Four seat.
PetroGazz actually stumbled trying to make it nine-in-row, dropping a five-setter to surging Motolite side last Wednesday but the Angels (9-3) hope to bounce back again with a strong showing against the fancied Cool Smashers.
Gametime is at 4 p.m. at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum.
BanKo-Perlas and PacificTown-Army, meanwhile, face-off in the 2 p.m. opener, a match also tipped to go down-to-the-wire with the Perlas Spikers out to firm up their own semis drive with a 9-5 card and the Lady Troopers (6-6) trying to keep their bid for a playoff for the last semis berth.
The veteran-laden PacificTown Army subdued BanKo-Perlas in four in their first round meeting but while the Lady Troopers struggled and fumbled in their last few games, the Perlas Spikers have posted key wins to stay at No. 3.
Motolite actually tied BanKo-Perlas with a 25-15, 25-21, 25-19 victory over also-ran BaliPure at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan yesterday with Fen Emnas leading the charge with 16 excellent sets.
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