Creamline Edges Choco Mucho in Game 1 of PVL Finals

Creamline Cool Smashers take 1-0 lead in PVL All-Filipino Conference finals, defeating Choco Mucho Flying Titans 3-1 in Game 1. The Cool Smashers' bench depth and stellar performances from Galanza, Carlos, Valdez, and de Leon secured their comeback victory.

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Creamline Edges Choco Mucho in Game 1 of PVL Finals

Creamline Edges Choco Mucho in Game 1 of PVL Finals

The Creamline Cool Smashers took a 1-0 lead in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) All-Filipino Conference finals, defeating the Choco Mucho Flying Titans 24-26, 25-20, 25-21, 25-16 in Game 1 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Thursday.

After dropping the first set, the defending champions rallied behind the stellar performances of Jema Galanza, Tots Carlos, Alyssa Valdez, and Bea de Leon. Galanza top-scored with 20 points and 13 excellent receptions, while Carlos added 17 markers built from 15 attacks.

The Cool Smashers' bench depth proved to be a significant factor in their comeback victories. Coach Sherwin Meneses praised his second-stringers, saying, "Bago mag-start game, sabi ko talaga bench ang magpapanalo. Nagkakatotoo nga" (Before the game, I said the bench would make the difference. It turned out to be true).

Michele Gumabao, who contributed 7 points off the bench, emphasized the team's trust in each other and their coach. "Laking bagay ng tiwala ng team at ni coach. Given na maipasok kami ng crucial moments, gagawin lang namin ang best namin"(The team's trust in each other and the coach is a big factor. Given the opportunity to play in crucial moments, we'll just do our best),she said.

On the other side, the Flying Titans were led by Sisi Rondina's 27 points and Royse Tubino's 15 markers. However, Choco Mucho coach Dante Alinsunurin acknowledged the need for more scoring options beyond their dynamic duo.

"Dati pa naman talaga, yun yung nagiging lamang talaga ng Creamline in terms of sa tao. Every time na may magkamali sa kanilang isa, meron silang huhugutin," Alinsunurin said, highlighting Creamline's advantage in roster depth. He remains confident in his players, adding, "Sabi ko tiwala pa rin kami sa mga players namin, then yung tiwala rin ng mga players namin sa amin ay nandun pa rin naman."

This marks the second straight finals series between the Creamline Cool Smashers and the Choco Mucho Flying Titans, with the Cool Smashers seeking to protect their throne as seven-time PVL champions. Game 2 is set for Sunday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum, where the Cool Smashers aim to clinch their eighth title, while the Flying Titans fight to keep their maiden championship hopes alive.