PETROGAZZ annexed the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference crown with a 25-17, 22-25, 25-12, 25-22 victory over Cignal last night at the Philsports Arena.
Lindsey Vander Weide dropped 19 points while Remy Palma added 18 points including five blocks to power the Angels in completing a 2-0 sweep of the Finals.
It was worth the three-year wait to defend the title for PetroGazz after the Reinforced Conference was not held in the past two years due to pandemic.
Despite the defeat, the silver medal run is the best finish for Cignal since joining the league last year.
Ces Molina paced the HD Spikers with 14 points and nine receptions while Tai Bierria added 12 points.
Earlier, Creamline bucked the loss of Alyssa Valdez to beat Chery Tiggo, 25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, and secure the bronze medal.
While going for a dig, Valdez hurt her right knee in the third set with the Cool Smashers ahead, 6-3, and never returned in the match.
Valdez finished with 10 points, including four service aces.
“Siyempre, malaking bagay si ate Ly sa amin when it comes to yung sa pag-cheer sa mga teammates in terms on the mood and sa morale,” said Tots Carlos, who led Creamline with 19 points and 11 digs.
“Pero like what coach (Sherwin Meneses) said, lagi niyang sinasabi na kung sino man ipasok wala namang nagbabago. Kasi sa training, lahat naman kami ginagawa yung pare-parehong drill, pare-parehong puwesto. So, kapag ipinasok kami, iisa lang naman yung sistema, hindi naman kami tao-tao,” the two-time PVL MVP added. “Yung ginagawa namin, kapag may nawala isa, meron at meron yang magpi-fill.”
Jema Galanza took charge in the absence of Valdez, drilling in the game-clinching kill after the Crossovers saved two match points to power the Cool Smashers complete a 2-0 sweep of the third place series.
The bronze medal was a consolation for Creamline, which failed its Grand Slam bid after being eliminated via tiebreak in the semifinals.
The Cool Smashers continued a streak of being in the podium that started in 2017, when the squad entered the PVL.
“Siyempre happy kami at natapos yung campaign namin this year na naka-bronze kami,” said Meneses.
Galanza chipped in 16 points and 12 digs, Jeanette Panaga followed up her nine-block outing in the opener with four blocks to finish with 14 points, while Ced Domingo was the other Creamline player in twin digits with 12 points, while setter Jia de Guzman tossed in 26 excellent sets.
Conference MVP Mylene Paat had four blocks for a 19-point outing while Jelena Cvijovic added 13 points, including two service aces, for Chery Tiggo.
The Crossovers, who finished second behind the Cool Smashers in the eliminations, ended their stint with five straight losses.
Here are the individual awardees:
Best Setter: Jia de Guzman (Creamline)
Best Outside Spikers: Alyssa Valdez (Creamline), Myla Pablo (PetroGazz)
Best Middle Blockers: MJ Phillips (Petro Gazz), Rose Doria (Cignal HD)
Best Opposite Spiker: Mylene Paat (Chery Tiggo)
Best Libero: Buding Duremdes (Chery Tiggo)