Four-time league Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez was unstoppable, buoying the Creamline Cool Smashers over the young Adamson-Akari Lady Falcons, 25-16, 25-9, 25-20, in the PVL Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Valdez had a masterful match, tallying 22 points on 15-for-28 attacking with four aces and three blocks. She was also active on defense, providing 10 digs.
The former Lady Eagles’ efforts were key in keeping big leads between Creamline and the young Lady Falcons.
Missing starting opposite hitter Michele Gumabao for the next three weeks as she competes in the Miss Globe pageant, Valdez knows each Cool Smasher will have to step up.
“Not just me siguro, but everyone has to step up talaga without Michele,” said the team captain. “Everyone’s willing naman to do that. Michele is such a great leader and efficient player na we each have to do our part to fill what we’re going to miss without her.”
The Cool Smashers have also gained some reprieve, as middle blocker Pau Soriano returned from sickness and tallied three points.
Rookie Krich Macaslanag managed seven points for the still-winless Lady Falcons.
Creamline (3-1) next take on the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors (3-1) on October 14 at the same venue. Adamson-Akari (0-4) face the Petro Gazz Angels (3-3) on Saturday.
Creamline (3) – Valdez 22, Galanza 11, Gutierrez 8, Bravo 6, Sato 3, Soriano 3, Cayetano 1, Morado 1, Cabanos 0, Mandapat 0, Atienza (L), Gohing (L)
Adamson-Akari (0) – Macaslang 7, Flora 4, Ave 3, Permentilla 3, Pinar 3, Uy 2, Igao 1, Roque 1, Ponce (L)
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