Cool Smashers too good for PVL rivals

DEFENDING champion Creamline made quick work of Motolite, 25-14, 25-15, 25-12, for its second straight win yesterday in the PVL Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

“We are just happy that everyone played well. It’s a total team effort,” said skipper Alyssa Valdez after the Cool Smashers posted another straight-set romp.

Creamline’s sister team, newcomer Choco Mucho, made a smashing start, scoring a 25-12, 25-18, 25-18 dismantling of BaliPure.

Valdez had three service aces to finish with 15 points while Jema Galanza chipped in 12 points, including two blocks, 15 digs and 10 receptions for the Cool Smashers.

Pau Soriano had two blocks for an eight-point outing, playmaker Jia Morado tossed in 21 excellent sets while libero Kyla Atienza collected 18 digs and had nine receptions.

What was expected to be an explosive showdown  turned out to be an one-sided affair, as Creamline needed only 75 minutes to spoil the debut of new Motolite coach Godfrey Okumu.

Myla Pablo led Motolite with 11 points while Tots Carlos added seven points and 12 digs. Fil-Am Iris Tolenada, who was fielded only in the second frame, had two of Motolite’s four excellent sets.

Kat Tolentino had two blocks and two service aces to finish with 14 points while Maddie Madayag added three service aces for an 11-point outing for the Flying Titans.

The game also marked the much-awaited club debut of Manilla Santos-Ng for Choco Mucho, as the La Salle legend reintroduced herself to young volleyball audience who haven’t seen her play.

Santos-Ng, who at 34 is playing her first competitive game since helping the Lady Spikers to a UAAP crown in 2009, was fielded in as a substitute in the opening set and nailed two service aces that keyed the Flying Titans’ breakaway.