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PVL: Despite faulty air conditioning, Creamline keeps cool in win over Petro Gazz

Alyssa Valdez of Creamline gestures during their game against Petro Gaz in the PVL Reinforced Conference Semifinals. PVL Photo

MANILA, Philippines – A poor air-conditioning system did not prevent Creamline from dominating Petro Gaz and earning their first win in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Semifinals on Thursday at PhilSports Arena.

The game continued despite the heat and Creamline managed to keep their cool in the opening set, breaking a 15-15 deadlock by scoring six straight points before Alyssa Valdez hit the finishing touches for a 1-0 set lead.

The air conditioning was finally fixed by the second set and the Cool Smashers won 25-21, 25-20, 25-23 over the Angels. It was Creamline’s first straight-set win of the conference.

Valdez, who had 11 points including two blocks and 15 receptions, said he is used to steamy conditions in practice.

“In practice, we train without aircon. I think we really need to change our perspective to something positive. We’ve been doing this every single game,” Valdez said. “It’s also beneficial for us because we really sweated while playing. Our bodies got warm and it worked for us too.

“We’re really grateful that everyone stayed focused and didn’t think about the little distractions,” she said.

Zema Galanza, who shone with 14 points scored on 12 strikes and two aces, shared the same sentiment.

“The good thing is that we were able to adjust immediately because it is difficult to play when the venue is hot. It is more tiring. But we realized that it is not only us who are playing, Petro Gaj also experienced it is,” said Galanza, who was also sweating in the postgame press conference.

“The heat also helped us to warm up. But regardless of the temperature, we’ll keep fighting and play well,” said Galenza, who also had eight digs.

Despite winning the first of their three semi-final games, Valdez insisted the Cool Smashers can’t let their guard down as they take on Signal, who also beat Cheri Tiggo on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Creamline is also set to take on a Mylène Pate-led crossover in the Ultra on Tuesday, looking to reach the final to complete her Grand Slam bid.

He said, ‘All the teams are on par to reach the semi-finals, so we need to maintain our focus. We really enjoyed today’s game and we learned a lot. Hopefully, we will be able to bring that confidence as this is our first three-set win in this conference. We need to achieve more in a few more games in this semi-final,” said the three-time PVL MVP.

Galenza also has no plans to give up as he is determined to go to morning practice on Friday.

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