Creamline, Chery Tiggo emerge victorious in 2021 PVL opener

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17) – The Creamline Cool Smashers and the Chery Tiggo Crossovers dominated rivals on the opening day of the 2021 PVL Open Conference on Saturday at the PCV Socio-Civic and Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.

The first game saw Chery Tiggo sweeping PLDT Home Fibr, 25-20, 25-17, 25-6, as Joy Dacoron delivered her killer blocks to lead the Aaron Velez-mentored squad with 13 points.

Dindin Santiago-Manabat added 12 points with 10 spikes while her sister Jaja contributed 11 hits for the win.

Chery Tiggo simply swamped PLDT with power attacks (38-26), aces (8-2), and blocks (9-0), spicing the game up with outstanding net defense and offensive firepower.

Isa Molde led the Roger Gorayeb-coached PLDT side with eight hits while Joy Soyud added seven.

Meanwhile, Creamline defeated the Sta. Lucia Realtors in four sets, 25-18, 25-21, 25-27, 25-18, in the second game.

Michele Gumabao led the way for the Cool Smashers with 24 points, where 21 were from spikes, while Alyssa Valdez backed up with 20 hits.

Creamline defended their lead well in the first two sets but relinquished their 10-2 advantage in the third set after some offensive gems from Sta. Lucia's MJ Phillips to force a fourth set.

The Cool Smashers again established a big lead in the fourth set, with middle blocker Jeanette Panaga scoring the game-winning block.

Creamline won its 21st straight game, in a winning streak dating back to the 2019 PVL Open Conference.

Phillips led the Sta. Lucia scoring with 20 followed by veteran Aiza Maizo-Pontillas with 11.