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Game 3: BaliPure battles Creamline; Pocari faces Power Smashers

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By: Marc Anthony Reyes - Reporter / @marcreyesINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer

The chase for the two final places comes to a head Thursday as four clubs duke it out in two semifinal Game 3s of the Premier Volleyball League at Philsports Arena.

Creamline and Power Smashers managed to stretch their respective best-of-three series after beating BaliPure and Pocari Sweat late Tuesday via five-set encounters.

Thai reinforcement Kannika Tipachot headed Power Smashers’ come-from-behind 24-26, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-13 triumph by making 28 points, including a put back that ended the match.

Creamline defeated BaliPure (24-26, 25-18, 18-25, 25-16, 16-14) for the first time this conference in a similar thriller.

“The players really held on to the game. Fortunately the breaks went our way,” said Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses.

Clearly, the foreign reinforcements have leveled the playing field.

For the Cool Smashers, Kuttika Kaewpin and Laura Schaudt took charge, making 23 and 22 points, respectively, to take the cudgels for overworked superstar Alyssa Valdez who still managed to score 15.

Jennifer Keddy is also holding court for BaliPure with a little help from heavy hitting local Gretchel Soltones. Keddy had 23 points, while Soltones had 16.

Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar said they now have a better mindset and the Game 2 win would improve their morale as well.


Creamline, Pocari complete F4 cast

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Pocari Sweat shook off pesky Perlas to pull off a 25-23, 25-15, 25-18 victory and nailed the third semifinal berth while Creamline took the last Final Four seat with a 25-16, 26-24, 25-17 romp over Air Force at the close of the quarterfinal round of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Thursday night.

Top seed BaliPure will thus take on No. 4 Creamline while the No. 2 Power Smashers and the third seed Lady Warriors will tangle in the other pairing of the best-of-three semifinal series starting Saturday.

Winners will dispute the crown in another best-of-three affair.

Perlas ended up fifth with a 1-2 mark and Air Force wound up sixth with a 0-3 slate.
Smarting from its five-set setback to Pocari Sweat on Tuesday, Creamline overwhelmed Air Force at the net and cashed in on its rival’s sloppy reception to fashion out the straight-sets victory in the Sports Vision-organized tournament.

Alyssa Valdez fired 19 hits, including 14 attack points and four service aces, while Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin added 17 hits and Laura Schaudt scored three block hits for an eight-point output.
Iari Yong topscored for Air Force with seven hits, Mae Antipuesto and Jocemer Tapic each scored six points while Thai reinforcement Patcharee Saengmuang struggled for five points.

The Jet Spikers kept it close in the second set but Valdez unleashed back-to-back hits to shatter the 24-all count and make it 2-0 for Creamline on deuce points.

Air Force also threatened at 11-13 in the third but Creamline took nine of the next 11 points, including five straight hits, to pull away at 22-13.

Pau Soriano then scored off a block to finish off the Jet Spikers.

Earlier, Army held off Instituto Estetico Manila, 25-16, 21-25, 25-15, 25-23, to clinch the fourth and last semifinal berth in the men’s side.

As No. 4, the Troopers will face the top-seed Air Force Jet Spikers in the semifinals.
Cignal HD and Sta. Elena will dispute the other finals slot.



Rebisco PSL Manila settles for 8th place after winless campaign

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UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rebisco PSL-Manila came up with a lethargic performance against a vibrant Vietin Bank of Vietnam to yield a 25-13, 25-18, 25-15 loss Wednesday in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships here.

The Philippine club wound up eighth and last in the tough field having lost all its six games in a telling development for a squad that would make up the national team.

A heavy evaluation is expected to happen when the team goes back to Manila as the 13 of the 14 players here are included in the 18-player national pool being groomed for the Asian Seniors and Southeast Asian Games in August.

Rebisco PSL Manila, backed by Asics, Grand Sport and Turkish Airlines, managed to come up with a respectable performances against eventual finalists Supreme of Thailand and Hisamitsu Springs.

But against a youthful Vietnam club, the Filipino players were simply shellshocked and appeared disjointed despite having some of the finest club players in the country.

“It’s a defeat. We take it. We go back to the drawing board and study where we go wrong,” said head coach Francis Vicente who are assisted by Brian Esquibel, Ronald Dulay and Manny Calipes.

Jaja Santiago topscored with 10 points but was mostly stymied by Vietin’s solid net defense. Aby Marano and Rachel Daquis added seven each, while Jovelyn Gonzaga chipped in five.

But they were never in control — aside from the brief juncture where they held a 10-5 lead in the second — as the Filipino couldn’t shield against the torrid attacks of Pham Thi Jim Hue and Doan Thi Xuan who led Vietnam with 16 and 12 points.

Vietnam is silver medalist in the SEA Games and the two games against them are seen as most vital gauge in preparing for the PH squad. Vietin also bested Rebisco in the groups stage (25-21, 17-25, 25-20, 25-14).

Kim Fajardo had 44 excellent sets and three points, the same output of Maika Ortiz. Mika Reyes and Bia General scored one each. Also comprising the team are Gen Casugod, Aiza Pontillas, Rhea Dimaculangan, Lourdes Clemente and Denden Lazaro.

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