Creamline eyes 2nd crown; Pocari seeks redemption

September 17, 2018

CREAMLINE goes for a season sweep of championship titles in the PVL Open Conference which blasts off on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

But the Cool Smashers, the reigning Reinforced Conference queens, are facing a tough challenge from seven other teams in the season-ending tournament.

Pocari Sweat-Air Force sets out to regain the crown after a disappointing showing last June, while BanKo-Perlas is eyeing to achieve a breakthrough Finals stint after a strong third place finish in the first conference.

PetroGazz, Iriga-Navy, Tacloban, Adamson-Akari and Ateneo-Motolite complete the cast slugging it out for top honors.

Creamline swept PayMaya in the Reinforced Conference finals to claim a breakthrough victory in the league with Asian Games veterans Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado spearheading the star-studded crew in the all-Filipino conference.

The Cool Smashers of coach Tai Bundit are fresh from their week-long Thailand training.

The Lady Warriors will likewise field in a solid roster led by Reinforced Conference MVP Myla Pablo, so are the Perlas Spikers who will be bannered by hard-spiking Nicole Tiamzon.

Also shoring up their respective rosters with key acquisitions during the off-season are the Angels, the Lady Oragons and the Fighting Warays.

Focus will also be on the Lady Eagles, who skipped the recent Collegiate Conference as they are on a transition under new coach Oliver Almadro, while the Lady Falcons hope to follow up their third place in the previous tournament.

Tacloban and PetroGazz kick off hostilities at 4 p.m. on Saturday with BanKo-Perlas and Iriga-Navy tangling in the 6:30 p.m. main encounter.

Ateneo will face Pocari Sweat at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, right after the Perlas Spikers complete a back-to-back weekend set against Petro Gazz at 4 p.m.

BanKo-Perlas will participate in the week-long Vinh Long volleyball tournament set on Sept. 28 in Vietnam, as it will take on three Vietnamese teams and a Thai ballclub.

The league, which held out-of-town games in Tuguegarao, Batangas and other provinces in the Reinforced Conference, will hold games in Malolos, Bulacan, Imus, Cavite, Baliwag, Bulacan, Batangas and Cagayan de Oro in its continuing commitment to bring the sport closer to the people.

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