CREAMLINE is expecting for a different Ateneo-Motolite team to show up when the PVL Open Conference title series shifts to Batangas City today.
The Cool Smashers go for the jugular against the Lady Eagles in Game 2 at 4 p.m. before a huge crowd at the Batangas City Sports Center.
Still smarting from last Wednesday’s 17-25, 10-25, 15-25 series-opening loss to the Cool Smashers, coach Oliver Almadro remains upbeat that the Lady Eagles will deliver a better effort as they try to force a Game 3 tomorrow.
Ateneo-Motolite has been in this situation in the semifinals, rallying from a 0-1 series deficit to beat BanKo-Perlas to make it to the Finals.
“My players will really do their best and will never ever give up,” said Almadro. “What’s important for us is that we are learning our lesson this time.”
The Lady Eagles’ reception was a major problem for Almadro in the opener which the team hopes to address to get their offense going.
Blocking, which keyed Ateneo-Motolite’s success all-conference long, will be crucial to neutralize Creamline’s vaunted offensive firepower.
In the opener, the Lady Eagles, who were all over the place in foiling the Perlas Spikers’ attacks at the net in the semifinals, could only muster a single block courtesy of Maddie Madayag.
Ace setter Jia Morado’s familiarity with Ateneo-Motolite’s style of play also made it a lot easier for the Cool Smashers to fashion out the easy win.
“By involving all our spikers, we make our offense a lot more unpredictable,” said Morado, who produced 23 excellent sets.
Hometown favorite Alyssa Valdez scored half of her 14 points from the service area, Michele Gumabao was active on both ends with 12 hits and 10 digs, while Jema Galanza and Risa Sato combined for 17 markers.