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Tiebreaker Times Creamline drags Perlas into quarters News PVL Volleyball  Tai Bundit Rupia Inck Perlas Lady Spikers Kuttika Kaewpin Jerry Yee Creamline Cool Smashers Cesca Racraquin Amy Ahomiro Alyssa Valdez Alex Cabanos 2017 PVL Women's Reinforced Conference 2017 PVL Season

Although the match technically had no bearing for them, the Creamline Cool Smashers played arguably their best game of the season and blocked the Perlas Spikers from getting an outright semis seat with a four set win, 25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-14, to end the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference elimination round at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Cool Smashers came out firing, burying Perlas in a 14-8 lead. The Perlas Spikers tried to rally back, trimming the deficit down to three, 20-17, late. But hits from Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin and skipper Alyssa Valdez capped the set with clutch hits in transition.

The second frame was a tighter affair with neither team grabbing a big lead. Locked at 19, Perlas’ offense stymied, surrendering errors that pushed Creamline to the win. The Perlas Spikers got respite in the third set, protecting a four-point lead and pulling a late hit from Amanda Villanueva to extend the match.

Perlas, however, ran out of steam in the fourth set, allowing Creamline to take a 14-4 lead that cemented¬†the match’s outcome.

“It was important for us to win because we wanted to build momentum and just keep getting better,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro. “Sa mga huling laban namin we were able to take our opponents to five sets so we showed that we had the skill. It was more on the chemistry and execution that we needed to improve and we showed that today.”

Three-time league MVP Valdez towed the Cool Smashers with 20 points. Kaewpin added 17, while American opposite hitter Laure Schaudt managed 16.

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The Cool Smashers have ended the elimination round with a 4-6 record. They enter the round-robin quarterfinals, which begins on Saturday, with Perlas, Pocari Sweat, and Air Force.

Brazilian winger Rupia Inck led Perlas with 20 points, while Amy Ahomiro managed 11. Perlas end the elims with a 5-5 slate.

The Scores

Creamline (3) – Valdez 20, Kaewpin 17, Schaudt 16, Soriano 7, Bravo 6, Cabanos 1, Galanza 1, Palad 0, Remulla 0, Racraquin (L)

Perlas (1) – Inck 20, Ahomiro 11, Villanueva 9, Carlos 7, Bersola 5, Hashimoto 1, Roces 1, Devanadera 0, Tiamzon 0, De Jesus (L)

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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