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Applying a tiebreak takes the loser and winner out of the title series as Creamline breaks out heartbreakingly


Semifinals PVL Creamline Cool Smashers

Creamline Cool Smashers. PVL PHOTO

Of all the things that happened in the knockout round of the PVL Reinforced Conference, Chery Tiggo will remember this loss as the ending to the biggest storyline of the tournament.

The Crossovers lost 16-25, 25-20, 25-14, 11-25, 9-15 to Creamline on Tuesday night, but Chery Tiggo did more than enough to ensure that the Cool Smashers Grand Slam party wouldn’t happen. out after dragging them to five sets at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

That result means Petro Gazz will have a chance to repeat, and will get that hit against the Cignal team they returned to just hours earlier, 25-14, 25-21, 25-27, 25- 19.

Creamline actually drew with Petro Gazz and Cignal 2-1 after a one-round semi-final, but was dropped from the best-of-three-match series because of poorer stats.

That means the hugely popular Cool Smashers won’t be competing to sweep all three crowns of the season, a heartbreak considering how easily they made it through to the qualifiers — where they just suffered a defeat — and continued to show that dominance after the first game of the semi-final.

Do just enough

Cignal only needed to beat the Angels four sets to reach the finals after beating Creamline and Chery Tiggo, while Cool Smashers needed to win in just four sets to advance.

It can be said that Crossovers simply want to leave in the bright light.

“Definitely, we will say thank you to Chery [Tiggo],” Petro Gazz coach Rald Ricafort said in Filipino. He patiently stayed to see the results of the Creamline match.

“We celebrated even without playing that game,” Ricafort said. “Those teams are our enemies, but our season really depends on Petro Gazz winning.

“It’s a weird way to get to the final,” he continued. “So we’re going to make sure we make the best of this opportunity.”

What a heartbreaking way for Creamline to bomb out of the conference, more so because the Cool Smashers still had a chance after taking a 2-1 lead after three sets.

Sentimental Alyssa

“It’s strange that even if we win the game, unfortunately we can’t make it to the Finals. But we have to finish it. We had to respect the game, and the entire Creamline team did it,” said Creamline star Alyssa Valdez, who couldn’t hold back tears for the duration of the match.

“I am also really proud of the team. And it’s not over yet. I mean, we also have this opportunity to reflect on ourselves, on our team and that’s a very good thing for us,” she said as Cool Smashers will have to agree to take revenge on Crossovers in the game. fight for third.

“It’s been a while since it (not reaching the final) happened. So we also see it as a challenge,” she added.

The last time Creamline competed in a bronze medal match was in 2017, when Valdez was still competing overseas, while scorer Jia de Guzman was leading Ateneo in the UAAP.

Cignal and Petro Gazz will have a week to cool off with the main series set to kick off on Tuesday.

Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses despised growth and saw the loss as a tool to motivate the future.

“It’s okay because we still won,” Meneses said in Filipino. “Even if we don’t make it to the finals, we still have a lot of games to recover from.”

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