DEFENDING champion Creamline reasserted its mastery of skidding BanKo-Perlas, 25-12, 25-19, 25-16, for its fifth straight win in the PVL Reinforced Conference yesterday before a jampacked crowd at the University of San Agustin Gym in Iloilo City.
Not even the debut of Thailand’s Sutadta Chuewulim, who flew in Friday to replace United States’ Kia Bright, could put an end to the Perlas Spikers’ woes, as the Cool Smashers played aggressive while capitalizing on their opponents’ poor passing to sustain their winning streak.
The win solidified Creamline’s hold of the second spot, while giving unbeaten PetroGazz (6-0) the first semifinals slot with four matches to spare. The Cool Smashers’ lone loss of the season came from the hands of the Angels on opening day.
BanKo-Perlas has now lost three in a row - and the fifth overall in seven matches.
Meanwhile, action shifts to the Imus Sports Complex in Cavite today, as PetroGazz tangles with winless BaliPure, while Pacifictown-Army seeks to firm up its hold of third spot against Motolite.
The Angels crushed the Water Defenders, 25-19, 25-12, 25-15, last week in a victory that served as one of the highlights of their remarkable showing in the first round elims they dominated without dropping a set.
Though PetroGazz has yielded a set against BanKo-Perlas at the start of its second round campaign last Wednesday, the Angels are tipped to get past BaliPure and stretch their perfect run to seven in their 2 p.m. match.
With super scorer Wilma Salas of Cuba leading the charge, PetroGazz could not seem to lose games with its awesome form, while BaliPure tried to be competitive but it could not translate into success.
Still, there’s no way to go but up for the 0-5 Water Defenders, who are now hard-pressed to win their remaining games to keep their dwindling semis hopes alive.
The Lady Troopers likewise goes for a repeat over Motolite in their 4 p.m. clash.
Pacifictown-Army, which is currently sits in third place at 3-2, hopes to ride on the momentum of the tough 25-22, 23-25, 27-29, 25-20, 15-7 escape over BanKo-Perlas last week.
It was the first match that went through the distance this conference with the Lady Troopers bracing for another challenging outing against a Motolite squad which finally snapped a four-game skid with a sweep of BaliPure, also last June 9.
A win over Pacifictown-Army will allow Motolite to dislodge the Perlas Spikers in fourth place.