By Michael Angelo S. Murillo, Senior Reporter
Top seeds Creamline Cool Smashers defeated the Chery Tiggo Crossovers in five sets in Game One of the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Open Conference finals series on Wednesday to move a win away from another league title.
Creamline, a three-time PVL champion, hung tough to get the better of a determined Chery Tiggo crew en route to the win, 25-15, 25-21, 18-25, 19-25, 15-7, in proceedings held at the PCV Socio-Civic & Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.
The Cool Smashers created some separation early and never looked back after to claim a 1-0 lead in the contest.
In the second set, the match was more nip-and-tuck, with the teams fighting to a 16-15 count in favor of the Crossovers by the second technical timeout.
But Creamline held sway for the remainder of the set, outscoring its opponent, 10-5, to go on and take a 2-0 advantage.
Looking to stay alive, Chery Tiggo dug deeper at the start of the third set, building a 16-10 cushion by the midway point.
The Crossovers went on to get the set and narrow the gap, 2-1.
The teams battled it out to begin the fourth frame.
Chery Tiggo got it going early before Creamline made its move and tied the count at 13-all.
The Crossovers were undeterred, creating distance anew, 20-16, before taking the set and forcing the deciding frame.
Creamline opened the decider with a 6-1 lead, led by Tots Carlos.
It will take full advantage of it, stretching it to a 10-4 advantage and going on to close things out after.
Game Two of the finals is on Thursday at 5 p.m. It can be seen over One Sports and One Sports+.