(UPDATED) After a heartbreaking five-set loss last Wednesday, the Chery Tiggo Crossovers vented their ire on the erstwhile undefeated Creamline Cool Smashers in four sets, 25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20 in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on Friday.
Chery Tiggo ended the five-game winning streak of the Cool Smashers and clinched their fourth win in six outings at the PCV Socio-Civic Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.
“Definitely our team performed at their best today. Jaja [Santiago], Dindin [Santiago-Manabat], and Maika [Ortiz] were able to lead the team and that’s what we’re really hoping for,” Crossovers head coach Aaron Velez said.
The Crossovers bucked the collapse in the third, building an early 6-1 lead after Mylene Paat’s ace and a push from Jaja Santiago.
Dindin Santiago-Manabat kept their lead after an ace midway of the fourth set, 11-5, before the Cool Smashers attempted a comeback.
Tots Carlos came alive halfway of the set to close the gap to two, 15-17, but Creamline committed several errors paired with a couple of blocks from Maika Ortiz to give Chery Tiggo a 21-15 advantage.
Carlos tried to rally her team back with four attacks in the ensuing play, 19-23, but the attempt was eventually halted by an attack error from Valdez.
The Crossovers had the chance to sweep the match, establishing a 21-15 separation but gave away a string of free points to see their lead decimated, 21-23.
Jia Morado then scored an ace before Paat’s attack went straight into the net and Santiago mightily rejected in the net to extend the match into another set.
“We still have a lot of rust that we have to clean up and then we have to stay connected and then remove all the negative thoughts or negative things that we have to get rid of,” Velez said.
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